Providence, Rhode Island 2012: What is now an abandoned lot once was an old textile factory named Fort Thunder. What is Fort Thunder? Chippendale explains it as, “A place where sixteen dudes and eight cats all shared one toilet and one littler box. It was the eye of a storm, or the river’s end, the delta, where all things from all places were deposited.” True enough. I look through photos from the factory; it looks like someone vomited up a dumpster. And then someone made way for themselves by stapling most of it to the walls and ceiling (and sometimes the floor).
Chippendale founded Fort Thunder in 1995. He vomited up that dumpster of posters, toys, drawings, sculptures, bikes, chairs, desks, laundry detergent boxes, computers, a large bear, window frames, helmets, stickers, comics, speakers, a piano, a papier-mâché dinosaur, yarn, wheelbarrows, bottles of Jim Bean and Jack Daniels, blue polygons, a skull – you get the point. He founded the warehouse not used since the Civil War with Matt Brinkman – a supporting character in this odd Bolt tale. The two gathered up other artists from the surrounding Providence area and they gathered there for all sorts of things – concerts and art shows, parties and a raid by the police. This madness went on until 2001, when the building was demolished by the Feldco developers to make way for a supermarket.
Fort Thunder was the birthplace of Lightning Bolt. Here is what it was: http://fortthunder.02909.com/