Mystery solved. I like when the two German artists are asked why they did it, one responded with " There is no why." Too bad they didn't have a more efficient answer because then maybe facebook could team up with the NYPD to quantify their likes, dislikes, background, and aspirations to build a profile on how to recognize a "grassroots terrorist".
A pretty good article none the less. Too bad they didn't put up an actual country's flag, like a North Korean, Russian, Chinese.. any Middle Eastern/Muslim or African flag. Whoa could you imagine the responses? Even though that would have been kind of amazing too in it's own way. It's funny how much a seed of an idea ( white flag ) can trigger such a fear based disruption for so many people. As sci-fi realities become more like near-fi, I don't think that will ever change. Also I guess ultimately you can look at this white flag incident in a few ways:
a) it's a white flag; oh no we're fucked!
b)it's a white flag; oh that's kind of cool.
c)what white flag?
At the end of the day I think to make successful art, it has to make you feel something and I definitely feel that these German artists succeeded in causing a lot of dialogue. When everything seems like it's been done, it's sometimes the unexpected, smallest ideas that can create surprising waves. One thing that doesn't surprise me is that despite these guys scaling the giant cables to get to the top, out of the billions of dollars poured into Anti-terror measures in NYC, you would think there would be at least one surveillance camera on something as iconic as the Brooklyn-fucking-Bridge?