Germans Put Flags on Brooklyn Bridge

    NEW YORK - MAY 22:  A flag waves in the wind on top of the Gothic-arched stone towers of The Brooklyn Bridge May 22, 2008 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the world's most iconic bridges, turns 125 years old on May 24th. To celebrate the landmark structure, New York will host a fireworks display and music performance by the Brooklyn Philharmonic at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. German-born civil engineer John A. Roebling designed the bridge which took thirteen years to build.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    It was the Germans! Two Berlin artists have claimed responsibility for hoisting two white flags onto the top of the Brooklyn Bridge last month, causing a security panic and investigation from New York police. Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke say the flags were meant to celebrate "the beauty of public space" and the anniversary of the death of German-born John Roebling, who designed the famous bridge. The artists say they hand-sewed the two flags into all-white replicas of an American flag and have the original flags ready to return. “This was not an anti-American statement,” Wermke says.

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