Public artist Christy Rupp, that is, burst onto the New York art scene with “Rat Patrol” during the sanitation strike of 1979 and after an unidentified woman was attacked by a pack of rats in downtown Manhattan. Rupp — who describes herself an ecoartist — envisioned the work as a public service, a visual reminder that the streets are a delicate ecosystem. The story continues from Hyperallergic.
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