Hanging from the ceiling are hundreds of colored pitchforks dangling over your head. Not my favorite scenario but I must say it makes for an awesome photo. If you hashtag #14thfactory on Instagram you will come across many creative poses, which is what led me to this factory in the first place. Simon Birch’s story is quite interesting. He wasn’t trained to be an artist but picked it up as a hobby while living in Hong Kong. He slowly started to become known amongst wealthy people who were commissioning him to paint them. As Birch was beginning to host solo shows he was diagnosed with cancer and only given a few months to live. Thankfully he beat it and began to work on the 14th Factory. Finding the appropriate space for this project took some time. He originally planned for Hong Kong and New York but when he found this giant warehouse on the outskirts of downtown LA, he put all of his energy into utilizing the space.In order to create this project he sold everything he owned and states that 14th factory will stay open as long as people continue to go and donate money. As I was snapping some photos of one of Movana Chen’s pieces, one of the gallery associates walked up to me and gave me a breakdown of Birch’s story. If it weren’t for his explanation, my understanding and appreciation of this space wouldn’t have made sense.The rooms range in creativity each leaving you with a different perception. One of my favorite video installations being footage of a large group of Chinese men fighting each other. Birch even used his own Ferrari for a project in which he films his car getting into a car crash from different angles. The left over bits and pieces of the car are displayed in the room following the footage.Towards the end of the exhibit you can enter a room filled with crowns, giving the space a royal feel.One can easily spend a day roaming this warehouse, Vanessa and I were there for a little over two hours giving each room the same amount of attention. Once you are finished with the indoor installations there awaits some more pieces outside of the warehouse. Like I end most of my post, I highly suggest you go visit, especially given the amount of effort Simon Birch and his collaborators put into this project. You can purchase your tickets online for $18 or at the door for $20. It’s not like your traditional museum experience which makes it that much more intriguing. Go check it out!