Remember Those White Flags on the Brooklyn Bridge? They Were Art

FILE - In a Tuesday, July 22, 2014 file photo, New York City Police officers stand at the base of a white flag flying atop the west tower of the Brooklyn Bridge after two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced sometime during the night with white banners. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday, July 28, 2014 that last week’s security breach at the Brooklyn Bridge is “a wake-up call, ” and that that the NYPD has increased security on all of New York City’s bridges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
In a Tuesday, July 22, 2014 file photo, New York City Police officers stand at the base of a white flag flying atop the west tower of the Brooklyn Bridge after two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced sometime during the night with white banners.
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Two German artists turned themselves in as the people who changed the American flags to plain white ones on the Brooklyn Bridge last month.

According to The New York Times:

“But the artists, Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke, say the flags had nothing to do with terrorism. They only wanted to celebrate “the beauty of public space” and the great American bridge whose German-born engineer, John Roebling, died in 1869 on July 22, the day the white flags appeared.”

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The New York Times reported that, according to the artists’ website, “the incident, as they describe it, suggests an abiding cultural gap, even in this era of globalization.”

As seen on the website, the artists have done a variety of other art projects in the past that didn’t receive the critical reception it did in the United States.

“This was not an anti-American statement,” Wermke told The Times.

Leinkauf wanted Americans to know that they followed “the United States flag code” when taking the flags down and that they do art like this to start a discussion, The Times reported.

Well, that they did.