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Artist Gives Detroit Crisco, “To Ease the Pain”

by Clara Olshansky on July 31, 2013
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Detroit artist Jerry Peterson, alias Jerry Vile, left a giant can of Crisco under the city’s giant iconic Joe Louis fist. Ha ha ha. By way of explanation, he left a note under the statue, saying, “Helping to EASE THE PAIN of Detroit’s Bankruptcy.” Straightforward enough, especially given Crisco’s popularity in ‘70s and ‘80s underground gay communities. Vile told the Detroit News, “It’s calling attention to the fact that (bankruptcy) is going to hurt.”

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