“There was video footage police were able to investigate,” Sammon said. “They show a man coming down from under a statue. Then he mixes something together, and, while he’s skating, he throws a container of paint at the statue.”
Andrew Cohen, co-founder of Confront Art, said a team of volunteers was already cleaning the statue when he arrived.
“They went into hardware and they bought supplies out of their own pockets,” he said. “It’s inspiring teamwork and community support.”
Harmony Seaberg, a volunteer who helped clean the statue, reported how difficult it was to see it in a dilapidated state.
“It’s really hard to see a man bigger than life,” Seaberg told CNN. “We’re trying to get all the color off his face, but it’s too emotional.”
Seaberg said the five volunteers are strangers to each other.
“A man is a painter, and he knew what he wanted to achieve,” Seaberg said. “We’re about five people and we’re not involved in the project. The people who work here are doing as much as I can.”
“In Flatbush, it’s been four days since it opened,” Carnabusi told CNN. “In this case, the official opening with the press was on Thursday, so there are only a few days left.”
He said, “I’m not shocked, but I’m still angry.” “It’s a very hostile thing and it’s not the kind of civic discourse – the keyword is civic – I wanted to.”