Despite being denied a permit by the Parks Department, Brooklyn-based sculptor and street artist Leon Reid IV took his proposal for the equestrian George Washington statue in Union Square before Manhattan's Community Board 5 on Monday, where it was given unanimous approval.
The temporary installation, which would last the duration of Art in Odd Places' 2011 festival all along 14th Street titled RITUAL (October 1-10), involves adorning Henry Kirke Brown's 1865 sculpture with a set of custom-made props like shopping bags, a baseball hat and tourist map. The Parks Department seems to favor a different sculpture for Union Square.
In an email, Reid wrote to us:
I presented my project before Community Board 5. The Parks Department called 1 hour before the meeting to tell the board that The Parks will "deny" my permit. As a result, the Board voted unanimously in favor of my project. The Board is now requesting the Department to deliver an explanation as to why the project is to be denied.