Sam Zell

Zell-era sculpture quietly leaves Tribune building

tribune-shuffle.jpgA hideous piece of art that arrived in the Tribune Company lobby soon after Sam Zell used employee money to take control of the company has quietly vanished. It was called the Bureaucratic Shuffle, and was supposed to symbolize the corporate attitude that Zell's frat boys were supposedly against. Trib employees were mystified by its presence, but "over time, feelings about Bureaucratic Shuffle softened. It became something of a mascot, decked out at different times in both White Sox and Cubs T-shirts," says Michael Miner at the Chicago Reader.

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