Pinata Factory is an ongoing collaboration between Mike Bancroft, working with the youth he mentors in his organization Cooperative Image Group in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, my students at Bowen High School, and myself. "Brownfield Towers" project is the third project that we've worked on together. "Brownfield Towers" is a single-site installation of fourteen translucent shapes cast in packing tape from 55-gallon drums,arranged in a pyramid and adorned with stuffed fabric innards, ceramic bones, and plaster hands, and lit from within by solar-powered LEDs. The piece is to be placed on a site in southeast Chicago as a monument to the deindustrialization of that area that left behind acres of toxic earth known as "brownfields," a factor in that area's history of chronic health issues.
YouTube footage of completed project: www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2F0cuWGrMc
Time Out Chicago article: timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/museums?
Gapers Block article: gapersblock.com/ac/2011/01/26/packing-t?