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Artist paints nude models' bodies in Times Square
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Some people were baring it all and having their bodies painted right in Times Square.
"It was a little bit of a bumpy road to get where I got," said Andy Golub, an artist.
A bumpy, and for some, a very uncomfortable road.
"This isn't the time or the place, there are children around," a tourist said.
These children, right here in the middle of Times Square, were watching street artist Andy Golub.
It's a body without a stitch of clothing on it.
The models were with Andy, who is celebrating a victory of sorts against the city and NYPD, literally returning to the scene of the crime.
You see this is the first time he's been able to do this at this time of day since being arrested in 2011 for doing the exact same thing.
Back then he was locked up and charged with public lewdness.
Some of his other work has also raised eyebrows, but he tells me eventually those charges were dropped.
"The law says full nudity is allowed if it is part of a performance, or a play, or an exhibition," Golub said.
Still he was told he could only paint nude models in public at night.
He agreed but wasn't happy.
"It kind of added a sexual element, which my work is not only not sexual, it's actually the opposite of sex, it's about the body being seen as form," Golub said.
He held his ground and his attorney eventually got the city to lift the cover of darkness clause.
There were officers in the area and no one stopped Andy, it's something he's not yet used to.
"You've always got to be ready just in case," Golub said.
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