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Facebook Page Boasts of Times Square Sheep-Kicking

By DNAinfo Staff on March 3, 2011 4:37pm  | Updated on March 4, 2011 6:10am

By Olivia Scheck

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MIDTOWN — Two days after a woman was arrested for attacking a Times Square sheep sculpture, a Facebook user bearing her name appeared to be boasting about the crime.

"HIDE YO SHEEP HIDE YO LAMB," Facebook user Taylor Galary, who identified herself as a graphic design student at the School of Visual Arts, posted on her wall Thursday afternoon.

Court documents show that a Taylor Galary, 22, was charged with felony criminal mischief earlier this week for allegedly kicking one of the 24 handcrafted sheep sculptures that are currently on display in Times Square.

The installation, called "Counting Sheep" was created by artist Kyu Seok Oh, using paper mache, over the course of 10 months.

A post about the Times Square sheep kicking on Taylor Galary's Facebook page had been
A post about the Times Square sheep kicking on Taylor Galary's Facebook page had been "liked" 11 times as of Thursday evening.
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Galary's alleged attack occurred about 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday, as a public safety officer was removing the gates that guard the sheep sculptures overnight, according to the criminal complaint and a spokesman for the Times Square Alliance, which oversees the installation.

The spokesman, Eddie Borges, confirmed that a woman kicked one of the paper mache sheep in the head, and then attempted to flee the scene by cab before being arrested at West 47th Street and Broadway.

"I don't think that the NYPD gets a lot of calls about attacks on sheep, and so we're pleased at how quickly they responded," Borges said.

On the Taylor Galary Facebook profile Thursday, a possible accomplice, Facebook user Sean Farrell, appeared to acknowledge an attempted getaway.

"[W]ho'd have thought it was easier to make an escape on the subway than a cab....plus i lost a shoe!!" Farrell commented below Galary's original post.

Earlier that afternoon, Oh, the creator of the popular art exhibit, was in Times Square putting the finishing touches on a repair job that he'd begun Tuesday morning.

"This is not a museum, not a gallery — this is Times Square," he said, responding to the incident with zen-like understanding.

As Oh fortified the injured sheep with gauze and gorilla glue, several tourists posed with the other sheep, sometimes making physical contact with the fragile artworks.

Asked how he felt about the visitors touching his sculptures, Oh said he didn't mind.

"I prefer people enjoying the sheep — hugging, touching," the artist explained. "It's inspiring."

"Counting Sheep" is scheduled to remain on display in Times Square until March 7, in connection with the Armory Arts Week.

Kyu Seok Oh’s
Kyu Seok Oh’s "Counting Sheep," which will be unveiled in Times Square on Tuesday, March 1.
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Photo by Martyn Gallina-Jones