The newly unveiled statue to remember George Floyd got defaced for a second time. The statue was unveiled in Union Square on Thursday alongside the statues for Rep. John Lewis and Breonna Taylor.
George Floyd Statue Defaced
According to an abc7ny.com report, at around 10 A.M. on Sunday, someone threw blue paint on the bust of Floyd. Police said that they obtained a security video showing a person mixing the paint behind the sculpture then defacing it after. The suspect was able to run away.
The suspect has not been identified yet but is said to be a male. The suspect fled the scene using a skateboard.
More On The Statues
The bust of Floyd is part of an ongoing exhibition called “See Injustice.” The two other busts were untouched during the incident, which artist Chris Carnabuci also created.
He did not release any statement, but Confront Art and We are Floyd released a joint statement. They said, “It takes a lot of courage to display the three statues we are exhibiting in Union Square. It also takes a good deal of courage to vandalize a statue on a global stage in broad daylight.
This continues to bring light to our mission that art is a conversation catalyst, a place for public discourse, and through these acts, we can hopefully overcome hate and find unity for the future. We continue to be inspired to create and display public art to further this important mission.”
People working with Confront Art said they spent hours cleaning the statue and were able to take the paint off by using their hands and some toothbrushes.
Not The First Time
Another statue of Floyd was displayed in Brooklyn months ago. Five days after it was installed, it was vandalized with black paint and marked with the logo of a white supremacist group.
During this incident, Floyd’s brother, Terrence, said they heard the news about the vandalism, and he was thankful for the people who supported them and looked out for the statue.