Harmony Seaburg, one of the volunteers who helped clean up the statue, noted how difficult it was to see it in its defaced state.
“It was really hard to see this larger-than-life man like this,” Seaburg told CNN. “We’re trying to get all the paint off his face, but it’s very emotional.”
Seaburg said that the five volunteers are strangers to one another.
“One man’s a painter, and he knew what to get,” Seaburg said. “There are about five of us and we’re not related to the project. As far as I’ve gathered, the people who work here are also doing this.”
, the artist who made the statues
, also praised the community’s response
, likening it to the community response he saw when a bust of George Floyd was defaced nel mese di giugno
“In Flatbush, it was four days after the opening,” Carnabuci told CNN. “In questo caso, the official opening with the press was Thursday, so it’s only been a few days.”
“I’m not shocked, but I’m still pissed,” Egli ha detto. “It’s a very counterproductive thing to do, and it’s not the kind of civil discourse — the keyword being civil — I wanted.”