The New Colossus Union Rat. Public Domain ClipArt Stock Photos and Images. The New Colossus is a twelve-foot high 5,000 lb cast bronze sculpture ‘union rat,’ inflatable icon of American labor unions used to protest the use of ‘scab’ labor. that has been in use since the early 1990s.
Located in the plaza of the Lever House at 390 Park Avenue, midtown Manhattan, New York City, this bronze replica of the union rat is called “The New Colossus,” It is a project of The Bruce High Quality Foundation. As a long-standing symbol of the working class protest against exploitation,
The title refers to an 1883 poem written by Emma Lazarus that is on a plaque at the Statue of Liberty: “… give me you tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”
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