The sculpture originated as a protest piece. Locals upset about a proposed waste dump in their backyard protested. Sculptures of rats, toxic waste containers and The Cockroach were created anonymously and placed at the site as symbols of the ugliness and environmental degradation of a dump.
The cockroach remained for more than a decade before disappearing. It was located in a scrap yard and purchased for display by friends of the cockroach. On display at a local mall, it generates talk (free advertisement). Does it still have symbolic value?