A giant wooden cross chained to an apartment gate was the subject of intrigue after it mysteriously appeared on Gay Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village for no apparent reason.
Not sure about the statement the cross was meant to make, the locals were initially offended. One resident, Micah Latter, told reporters, “As a Christian, the cross is a sign of love, peace, and hope, and it was clear the mysterious owner of the cross was not sharing those same values. It was unsettling that the owner’s intentions were not sincere.”
Her first move was to post a photo of the cross on Instagram; she also asked local authorities to remove it, but nothing happened.
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Then she got the idea to turn the cross into a huge LGBTQ pride flag and asked a group of her friends to help. Painting the cross turned into a two-hour long street party, with more than ten people sipping champagne as they painted the cross bright pastel colors and named it “The Love Cross,” because it featured the word “love” on all visible ends of the wood.
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A crowd of approximately 50 people stood watching the painting party as they transformed the once-drab cross.
When it was finished, the group put their own lock on what had now become a work of art and a gay pride statement of “love” so that whoever put it there couldn’t remove it.
“Sorry, you can’t move the cross anymore,” Micah announced to the owner through news reporters. “We added our own love lock to your chain and superglued both key holes. The Love Cross belongs to the street now, so thank you!”
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