As an artist living in Hong Kong for the past 20 years, Simon Birch was forced to develop his own platform. Everything from finding space, to finding an audience, to funding it himself, set him on a path towards becoming what he calls an 'artist-entrepreneur'.
As Birch's success grew, he began creating bigger, more experimental installations outside of the formal art world and establishment.
After four years of trying to get 14th Factory as a major US installation, Birch and team opened the installation in 2016 to major acclaim and more than 80,000 visitors.
Simon Birch: "14th factory takes into account my own personal exposure to poverty and wealth, violence and love, fear and hope, creation and destruction."
With car crashes, airplane parts, pitchforks, and recreations of probably the most famous set piece of all time, 14th Factory forces you to confront the meaning of being a global citizen in the world today.
The 14th Factory Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit global artist collective with nearly twenty interdisciplinary artists from China, Hong Kong, the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.