Artist Arrested for Bedford Avenue Bomb Scare

05/21/2012 10:43 AM |

How the art was supposed to look

  • How the art was supposed to look

An artist has been arrested for an installation that police mistook for a bomb on Friday, shutting down a section of Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Gothamist reports. The “suspicious package,” near N. 5th Street, was a plastic “I [Heart] NY” bag with an LED inside, hanging from a metal pole taped to a tree. The man responsible was 50-year-old artist and Brooklyn resident Takeshi Miyakawa, who was arrested in Greenpoint on Saturday morning while trying to install another one. He was charged with planting false bombs. A judge ordered him to be held for 30 days and undergo a mental health evaluation. But a colleague and friend, Louis Lim, told Gothamist it’s all just a big misunderstanding.

[Miyakawa] created the installation for Design Week, and… Miyakawa was planning on taking them down on Monday. Lim adds that Miyakawa created similar installations two years ago using LED lights in a chair and that “people loved it.”

It seems the initial complaint had nothing to do with bombs, but with who was supposed to get the fucking thing out of the goddam tree. “I called 311 asking how to get that thing off my tree, if it was my responsibility or the city’s,” the caller told Gothamist. “The 311 woman put me through to 911, then the cops came. I left for work.”

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