New York–based artist Jeffrey Beebe and John Post Lee of BravinLee Programs, a Chelsea gallery co-owned by Lee and Karin Bravin, inflated a fifteen-foot-tall rat that bears a striking resemblance to President Donald Trump in Manhattan today. The larger-than-life rodent with Trump’s signature comb-over and orange glow is meant to be a kind of mascot for protesters demonstrating against the Trump administration.
“Scabby the Rat” was inflated near Trump Tower at 12:30 PM as a welcome home gesture to the president, who had said he was planning on stopping in his hometown during his seventeen-day vacation. According to a project statement, the inflatable is supposed to be an “enduring sign of resistance and ridicule” that will be loaned out to protests.
Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, the rat can be seen at Grand Army Plaza, between Fifty-Eighth and Sixtieth Streets west of Fifth Avenue. In the days leading up to the anti-Trump rat’s arrival, the president has been heavily criticized for his response to the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
At the other Grand Army Plaza, in Brooklyn, hundreds of people gathered yesterday to condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville for a “Unite the Right” rally on Saturday, August 12.