A George Floyd statue in New York City’s Union Square has been vandalized just over 48 hours after it was erected.
The Post reports that the took place Sunday morning around 10 a.m. A male suspect was seen smearing a strip of silver down the middle of Floyd’s face. He then fled on a skateboard.
Chris Carnabuci created the statue titled “See Justice” on Thursday. The exhibition also includes sculptures of Breonna Taylor and John Lewis.
Confront Art and We are Floyd released a statement in response to the incident.
“It takes a lot of courage to display the 3 statues we are exhibiting in Union Square,” the joint statement reads.
“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.”
Back in June, an 11-foot-tall model of Floyd, also by Carabucci, was defaced with black paint in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
“I heard the news about the vandalism. I was so proud that I got word that Flatbush held it down. They really supported us, looked out for the statue, looked out for the spirit of my brother,” Floyd’s brother Terrence said at the time.
“You try to stop us, but you can’t stop us. And we’re still going to continue, with love.”