I’ve long since come to accept the fact that weird things just happen in New York City, a trend that’s only ramped up since Bill de Blasio became mayor. (It’s still not as weird as California, but they’re giving it the old college try.) But when this story broke at the New York Post yesterday, it seemed to be a case of taking weird to the next level. The subject at hand is a new statue that was erected in Brooklyn this week. At first glance, it didn’t seem particularly notable to me, but there are reportedly people wondering if it’s a monument to the terror group ISIS.
A new public sculpture in Downtown Brooklyn of a massive arm with the index finger pointed skyward is drawing a wide range of interpretations as to its meaning — with some observers even noting its similarity to an infamous ISIS gesture.
The towering bronze piece, called “Unity,” was funded by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and lowered by crane on Saturday to a median at the intersection of Tillary and Adams streets on the approach to the Brooklyn Bridge.
“The 22.5 foot sculpture echoes the Statue of Liberty’s iconic gesture & captures the unique spirit of Brooklyn as a place of uplift & ambition,” the agency wrote in a tweet about the unveiling.
So help us out here. It’s a statue of a human arm with the index finger pointed skyward. How does that relate to ISIS?