Not artist LeRoy Neiman, but his recent subject The Statue of Liberty. LeRoy was the subject of a profile I did for the MY GENERATION TV show (you can see it at http://www.billboggs.com/) and he just finished this lovely portrait to coincide with Lady Liberty's 122nd birthday—thought you'd like to see it.
On a beautiful NY day with my windows wide open... a large pigeon landed on my air conditioner and flew into my apartment in the middle of a conversation with my webmaster, Derek Pell. --"THERE'S A PIGEON IN HERE!" I yelled... actually trying to continue the conversation and get rid of the bird at the same time. Let's just say the multi-tasking didn't work.
I see hundreds of pigeons every day in Central Park across from where I live, but actually having one panic in your home office is not a pleasant thing. Think flapping wings, flying feathers and pigeon shit—all in time to the band playing RAG MAMA RAG in the background.
It took me 10 minutes to actually capture the thing between two pieces of cardboard—(they ARE full of germs, right?)—and shove it out the window. I called Derek back and he said—"POST IT!"