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Last Updated on Sunday, 20 September 2009 12:09
 

Big Huge and Little Tiny in: New Shoes, part 2

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Tiny Town's Widget Factory Producing Anti-Depressant Formulas

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 WHO NEEDS YOVILLE?: Tiny Town's own Widget Factory in the Cherry Street Industrial Park, J. Pierpont Fuchs, inventor and house performance artist, and some of his creations. 

Tiny Town, USA – Whether it's re-constructing a Confederate paddle boat with a square-rig sail, charming Sea Monkeys through a ring of gold, divining the nature of the inverse gravity mini-golf station or simply creating a local Museum of Pornography, The Widget Factory on Cherry Street is a hive of buzzing endorphins.

On display this week: the makings of a lightweight peddle-wheel catamaran, wooden boxes for measuring the height of African bush babies and a kit for performing your own home version of The Dance of the Reluctant Cowboy, Bubble-wrap™ sold separately.

The force behind which these inventions is driven by a sensitive Austrian boy named Johnny Fuchs, best known as the bassist for Little Larry and the Limitations, a Christian R&B band that rose to prominence in the 1980s and once opened for Wang Chung. 

The Widget Factory has a storied history even though it has been in existence only since the beginning of this century. Its humble intentions to serve as the Ithaca Museum of Pornography were banjaxed from the start.

The sign advertising the project (pictured) was strung from the limb of a city tree and no one other than the city forester had it removed after a complaint was filed. Stunning is the fact that the city amputated one of its own trees to remove the sign, did not forewarn the owner and said forester absconded with the sign, which Mr. Fuchs, after much tape-of-red, was able to track to the forester's lair by the golf course.

Speaking of golf, there is the whimsical 2-hole See-Play-Art-Golf installation now being weatherized on the Widget Factory grounds. The putt-putter challenges gravity, then works with strong and weak nuclear forces inside a glow-in-the-dark radioactive golf ball that, when properly launched, enters a hole 1 and returns with a clangfarben melodie and if well placed, enters hole 2. It is a Par 3 station and anyone wishes to try can leave $1 for three shots at the Cherry Street site.

A hole in 2 will get you a ticket to this weekend's bogus Rhiner's festival on the West End that has been organized by a lot of local busy helpful civic minded types who think Tiny Town's history is kinda cute and marketable. With the exception of Mr. Fuchs's cowboy dance and Magic Lantern Sea Monkey Show, we recommend you stay home and drink. 

–– C. Penbroke Handy

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 18 September 2009 08:15
 

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