I missed the bronze rat at Lever House as part of Bruce High Quality Foundation’s “Art History with Labor” exhibition in 2012. When I as working in Times Square, many building and theater owners feared the inflatable rat that would be installed when employers tried to go around the unions. According to the website.
The Foundation hammers 95 Theses on Art and Labor to the revolving glass door of the Lever House. The Foundation erects a to-scale union rat, solidified in bronze in the Lever House courtyard. This stately monument, The New Colossus, makes absolute, if not resolute, the tenuous legal standing of union picketers.
The Bruce High Quality Foundation University for the free university created by and for artists. As they say….
BHQFU is an effort to encourage and expand the actual foundation of art. It’s purpose is to create new communion between artists, to develop and deepen the exchanges artists have with their work and each other. Our participants establish new friendships, creative rivalries, and new avenues of critical inquiry.
The Bronze Rat
The Rubber Rat