The Epstein statue appeared outside City Hall early on Wednesday morning, according to a news report from local Fox affiliate, KRQE-TV. The Antlion Art Collective took credit for the stunt and sent a photo purportedly showing one of their members standing next to the statue. One the protestors later spoke with a KRQE reporter after asking that his voice be altered and identity hidden.
“You know, so many statues are being taken down, but you know, people are saying that they’re bad people, so you know maybe we just need more statues of people like Epstein because that’s historical too,” the anonymous protestor said in a phone interview with KRQE’s Annalisa Pardo. “So we maybe need statues of people like Epstein. Maybe schools can even have statue parks with people like Hitler, and Mao and Lenin just so that we can really remember history.”
Pardo noted that the statue was clearly meant as a satirical political statement.