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Some Find Skywriting Art Project ‘Creepy’

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) — The non-profit behind a popular elevated park in New York has taken credit for skywriting messages such as “Last Chance” and “Lost Our Lease.”

Friends of the High Line, the non-profit that turned a former elevated freight railroad spur into the High Line park, said the skywriting messages Sunday, which also included “Now Open,” were an art project by the group, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

Kim Beck, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the artist who designed the project, said the messages were snippets of text she took from billboards.

“Obviously people noticed,” she said. “Art is supposed to generate a conversation.”

However, some of those who noticed said they feared the “Last Chance” message was a warning of a terrorist attack.

“I was genuinely scared,” said Morgan, 29, who declined to give a last name.

“I was really concerned there was some sort of terrorist attack. It’s so creepy.”

 

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