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In Brooklyn, a Griffin Finds its Home

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Don't be alarmed if you spot a huge, unidentified shape on top of an old Brooklyn building.

Constructed by the British artists of Giant Robots, this wooden sculpture looms over the factories of East Williamsburg. Although the art collective usually produces animated robots out of recyclable material, only the head of this Brooklyn Griffin is moveable because of safety concerns. The head of this griffin shifts about when the wind blows at the rudder on its back.

The story of the griffin's current location is also quite a tale; the artists actually built a similar sculpture before this one at a Johnson Avenue building. But without prior permission from the building’s manager, the sculpture got destroyed and the artists arrested.

This Brooklyn Griffin, however, found its current location when another manager invited the artists to construct the sculpture on the roof top of the Yummus Hummus restaurant.

Identifying themselves only under their artist names of Jimmy Bumble and Leonard White, the two hope to return to Brooklyn next year to create more griffin structures for the block.

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