Street artist Dread Scott gives civil rights performance under Manhattan Bridge

At one point, Scott lifted his arms in the

At one point, Scott lifted his arms in the "don't shoot" position, a reference to Missouri teenager Michael Brown. (10/7/14)

BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn artist took street performance to a whole new level Tuesday with a fire truck and a high pressure water hose.

Anticipation built under the Manhattan Bridge as onlookers gathered to watch DUMBO artist Dread Scott perform his latest masterpiece. Whether he's burning the constitution or burning cash on Wall Street, Scott is known for being a bit controversial.

He insists he is an artist with a message. His latest performance referenced a 1963 civil rights demonstration, where protesters had fire hoses turned on them by Commissioner of Public Safety Theophilus Eugene "Bull" Connor in Birmingham, Alabama.

At one point, Scott lifted his arms in the "don't shoot" position, a reference to Missouri teenager Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a police officer this summer. His death sparked weeks of protests.

The performance was one-time only, but Scott says he would be willing to face the hose again in the name of art.

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