The Bureaucrat - Barry Woods Johnston (1990)
Called "The String Pulling Bureaucrat with His Red Tape," this life-size bronze, says Johnston’s website, is a commentary on the effects of bureaucracy on our society and daily lives.
This coy figure is shown wrapping himself in the red tape of bureaucracy. Although handled with a sense of humor, this sculpture, which is somewhat reminiscent of Michelangelo's Slaves for the tomb of Pope Julius, comments on a new kind of banal slavery inherent in today's modern methods.
Not one to have in your lounge – but I’d love to see a copy in the foyer of every “public” building.