Metaphorical Statue Removed from Tribune Building

By Andrew Gauthier 

New York Observer

Bureaucratic Shuffle is a statue of a grossly porcine businessman in pinstripes and a boozy smile, six fleshy legs coiling below an engorged waist. Until early this week the statue was set prominently in the Nathan Hale Lobby of the Tribune Towers in Chicago, the building that houses Sam Zell‘s media conglomerate.

It was intended as a warning, a reminder of everything Zell–who installed the piece upon purchasing the company–did not want his leadership to succumb to. But with the CEO and chief innovation officer both ousted this month and the company still negotiating the terms of its bankruptcy, Bureaucratic Shuffle became too much of a mirror. More…