Thursday, February 8, 2018

RATS! Public Art that Doesn't Give a Rodent's Rump

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 3:41 PM

A new art installation called “Barrier Free” now stands in the Hall of Mayors at Memphis City Hall. 
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It’s beautiful. It’s big…real big. The main piece has larger-than-life photos of families from across the city.
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That part of the piece represents “our beautiful diverse tapestry,” reads the artist’s statement from Yancy Villa-Calvo, hired to create the installation by Latino Memphis.
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Graphic shirts at the end caught my eye. What did they say? 
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The delightful little girl’s shirt reads “Follow Your Heart” and I hope she follows hers.
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The man standing behind her followed his heart when it came to choose his wardrobe. His shirt reads “I don’t give a….” Below the words, a cartoon rat leads a cartoon donkey.
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Reading between those twisty lines of high comedy, you know this shirt implies: “I don’t give a rat’s ass.”
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Then, you look up at the man wearing the shirt and you realize he really doesn’t. At. All.
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Good for you Rat’s Ass Shirt in a Big Public Art Display Guy. Much respect for you playing by your own rules.

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