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Report: German artists hoisted white flags over Brooklyn Bridge

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Two American flags were replaced by mysterious white flags at the Brooklyn Bridge. (MyFoxNY) Two American flags were replaced by mysterious white flags at the Brooklyn Bridge. (MyFoxNY)
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The theft of huge U.S flags from atop the Brooklyn Bridge and their replacement with faded, almost-white American flags was apparently an elaborate artistic demonstration, according to the New York Times.

Two German artists reached out to the Times to confess their stunt and provided videos and photos to the newspaper to prove their claim.

Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke wanted to celebrate "the beauty of public space," the Times website reported. They also said they were paying tribute to the bridge's engineer, John Roebling, who was born in Germany. Roebling died on July 22, 1869. The flags appeared on the morning of July 22.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has said he is "not happy" about the stunt. The bridge is considered a general target of terrorism, and city officials were troubled by the breach of security. Bratton tasked Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism and Intelligence John Miller to investigate the incident.

In the immediate aftermath of the flag stunt, the NYPD said security camera footage showed several people walking on the pedestrian path at about 3:20 a.m. and then the light on the Brooklyn-side tower going out about 20 minutes later. About 12 minutes after that, the light on the Manhattan tower goes out, too, police said.

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