"Pirat" was commissioned by the Artefino Gallery to celebrate the Chinese Zodiac year 2008. The public art project was created by Cleveland's St. Clair Superior Development Corp. http://www.stclairsuperior.org to promote their neighborhood. Chinese food and art are my favorite attractions there.
The Chinese zodiac rat possesses attributes of wealth, aggression and charm but also death, fighting and atrocities. Let's pray that the Olympic games in Beijing do not turn into a bloody mess.