The George Floyd statue that found its new home in New York’s Union Square has been vandalized, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD). The department said the statue of Floyd’s head, which is nearly six feet tall and made of African mahogany plywood and coated in bronze metallic paint, was damaged with grey paint.
REVOLT reached out to the NYPD, who stated the incident occurred around 10 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 2) morning. Using camera footage in the area, authorities were able to pinpoint a person on a skateboard who skated past the statue early Sunday and threw paint on it. No arrests have been made thus far, however, the NYPD tells REVOLT they are actively investigating the situation. Floyd’s statue was also defaced with a white supremacist organization’s logo when it was placed on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn over the summer.
At the time, former Governor Andrew Cuomo called the new monument “more than just a memorial for a father, a son, and a friend.” “It’s a testament to the grief, anger and righteous energy that his murder sparked in our state and across the country. It’s a beacon for all who believe progress is possible, and in our ability to make it happen,” Cuomo said. “And to the group of neo-Nazis who did this, I want to be absolutely clear: get the hell out of our state.”
Monuments dedicated to Representative John Lewis and Breonna Taylor — that were also unveiled Friday (Oct. 1) in Union Square — were left untouched. According to The New York Times, the artist who created the sculptures, Chris Carnabuci, decided to paint all three statues in a way that if someone tried to deface them, they could be easily restored. He told The Times he hoped the sculptures would be spared while they’re on display in Union Square.
“I just want people to really look at the sculptures and sort of think within themselves as to how they truly feel about them,” Carbanuci said. “And if we can just create an environment where we can have discussions about it, I feel like I’ve done my job.” Carbanuci’s installation is titled “#SeeInjustice. It will be on display in Union Square until Oct. 30.