Political Theater

Bloomberg Defends Troublemaking Statues



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    NEW YORK - MARCH 23: One of thirty-one life-size statues of Antony Gormley's public art exhibition Event Horizon are seen after being installed in front of the Empire State Building March 23, 2010 in New York City. From March 26 to August 15 all the body forms, made of iron and fiberglass, will populate the surroundings and rooftops of historic Madison Square Park and the Flatiron District. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    The NYPD could use a little arts education. 

    That was the joking suggestion from Mayor Bloomberg after the Police Department reportedly responded to a series of 911 calls from people worried someone was about to jump from a ledge on the Empire State Building.  Turns out the jumper was.... a statue.  (Part of a citywide art project called "Event Horizon.") 
    If you're not familiar with the exhibition, you've undoubtedly seen the picture of a redfaced Mayor Bloomberg walking past a rather nude male statue in Madison Square Park.  
     Bloomberg blushed when the subject came up today.  "This guy's art is interesting."
    When asked if the statues should be removed from the ledges of the Empire State,  Bloomberg said "No. It's a great exhibition."  Then he urged reporters to write more about it so the NYPD will know there's no threat.  "If your arts section really writes the story about this, then people will know that it's great art, including our police department."