A sculptor who received a $4,000 grant from the city to create a COVID-19 tribute — but installed it in Central Park without a permit — was furious after the statue was removed.
He said the Central Park Conservancy removed the heart-shaped COVID-19 statue last week, leaving its creator, Italian artist Sergio Fornari, “sad.”
Furnari discovered the missing ‘Heart of Heroes’ monument on Thursday.
Furnari believed that city funding – not a permit – would allow the installation and called its removal an “abuse of power.”
The sculptor plans to go to the Central Park Conservancy, which oversees the park, on Monday to find out what happened to his artwork.
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