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Co-opting Protest as Pop Art
"Scabby The Rat" has been used for 25 years to protest companies that use non-union labor at construction sites and businesses.  The appearance of the towering inflatable eyesore was supposed to be a burr under contractors’ saddles, embarrassing them in the public eye.
The folks at Lever House on Park Avenue have completely co-opted the imagery of “Scabby”, however, by turning him into a piece of kitschy pop art in the plaza next to the upscale restaurant Casa Lever. Now bankers can enjoy his presence as they sip $20 cocktails at Casa Lever’s bar. No longer a source of embarrassment; Scabby is a mounted trophy.
The piece crafted at Polich Tallix has been on display at Lever House since 2012, but I don’t walk that side of Park Avenue very frequently.

Co-opting Protest as Pop Art

"Scabby The Rat" has been used for 25 years to protest companies that use non-union labor at construction sites and businesses.  The appearance of the towering inflatable eyesore was supposed to be a burr under contractors’ saddles, embarrassing them in the public eye.

The folks at Lever House on Park Avenue have completely co-opted the imagery of “Scabby”, however, by turning him into a piece of kitschy pop art in the plaza next to the upscale restaurant Casa Lever. Now bankers can enjoy his presence as they sip $20 cocktails at Casa Lever’s bar. No longer a source of embarrassment; Scabby is a mounted trophy.

The piece crafted at Polich Tallix has been on display at Lever House since 2012, but I don’t walk that side of Park Avenue very frequently.

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What if there was a fast, easy, painless way to save a life that was completely free. Would you do it?
If your answer is yes, then you should sign up for the National Marrow Donor Program. Visit Be The Match to find out how. 
Can’t even get off the couch to go visit a donor center? That’s cool. BeTheMatch will mail you a kit like the one above. Swab your cheeks four times, stuff the Q-tips back into the envelope, and send it back. Nothing easier than that.
It is a long shot that you will ever turn up a match for someone searching the registry. But that 60 seconds you just spent swabbing your cheeks may turn out to be the difference between someone living and dying. 
Here’s that link again: Be The Match.

What if there was a fast, easy, painless way to save a life that was completely free. Would you do it?

If your answer is yes, then you should sign up for the National Marrow Donor Program. Visit Be The Match to find out how. 

Can’t even get off the couch to go visit a donor center? That’s cool. BeTheMatch will mail you a kit like the one above. Swab your cheeks four times, stuff the Q-tips back into the envelope, and send it back. Nothing easier than that.

It is a long shot that you will ever turn up a match for someone searching the registry. But that 60 seconds you just spent swabbing your cheeks may turn out to be the difference between someone living and dying. 

Here’s that link again: Be The Match.

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