PINATA FACTORY Grand Ave. Overpass, Western Ave. Underpass, Sacramento Blvd. Underpass… Contact: email@example.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/18/08 CHICAGO-Come one, come all to the freeing of the Piñata Factory's flock throughout Chicago's North Side underneath highways in your neighborhood. Piñata Factory is a one time community based sculptural installation organized in collaboration with arts organizations throughout Chicago, a high school art classroom on the South Side, and a number of Chicago artists. It aims to draw attention to the issue of homelessness in Chicago and the spaces that used to act as shelter before they were fenced off/in. Pinata Factory is a mass production of piñatas that will be installed in the fenced off area of highway underpasses in the next 4 days. The piñatas are the output but are far less important than the community and awareness brought about by the process of manufacturing. Over 60 Chicago area youth, more than 30 community members, and numerous artist volunteers provide a large scale and social context. The piñatas are made of materials reclaimed from the Center for Green Technologies dumpsters and trash piles alike throughout Chicago. The paper mache pinatas are %100 biodegradable and are stuffed with emergency space blankets in case some of the underpasses are inhabited. Production began at the factory nearly two years ago in a makeshift workshop on Chicago's West Side. Demand increased as the fences went up and now we are out of space. In this collapsing economy the factory can no longer afford the high cost of storing the piñatas or feeding the volunteers. Labor conditions also began to deteriorate as temperatures fell and it became evident that it is time to release these recycled beasts to the streets from which they came. So come on down to your nearest underpass to see if the menagerie is in your neighborhood (bring a plastic bat and a ladder if you need a blanket).
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