In December 2002, an art student Clinton Boisvert at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan was arrested for placing around the Union Square subway station 38 black boxes with the word ‘fear’ painted in white letters. According to one report, ‘The bomb squad was called in and the station was shut for five hours ... causing a ripple effect of chaos on the network, as panicked commuters and transit workers feared a terrorist attack’ (Burkeman 2002). The student was charged with reckless endangerment, an offence that carries a penalty of up to one year in jail. He was sentenced to six days of community service (Buckley 2006).
Recommended CitationChan, J., Dangerous art and suspicious packages, Law Text Culture, 11, 2007.