Would-be street artist detained without bail for supposed bomb threat

Takeshi Miyakawa tried to hang a series of lit plastic bags, like the one shown above, around Greenpoint, Brooklyn recently. Now he is being held without bail; essentially because these bags were perceived to be a bomb threat. A judge had determined that he should be detained for 30 days for a mental heath evaluation. As Jillian Steinhauer wrote at Hyperallergic, “Sure, hanging a plastic bag with wires coming out of it in a city as terrorism-obsessed as ours may not be the best idea — but no bail and a mental health evaluation? Really?” Hyperallergic has more on the ridiculous, scary and unfortunate story.

Photo courtesy of Takeshi Miyakawa Design