German Artists Admit Switching Brooklyn Bridge Flags

NEW YORK (AP) -

Two German artists on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the mysterious white flags that appeared overnight on the Brooklyn Bridge last month.

Mischa Leinkauf and Mattias Wermke said they posted the flags on the landmark in celebration of public art, and are returning the original American flags. They said they wanted to mark the 145th anniversary on July 22 of German-born bridge architect John August Roebling’s death.

Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Davis says the investigation is continuing. He says detectives are trying to determine if more than two people were involved in the flag switch.