Cuando las Gallinas Mean (When Hens Pee) (2003) is a public art vending machine that refers to the Puerto Rican colloquial expression, "¡Los niños hablan cuando las gallinas mean!", equivalent to the English expression "children should be seen and not heard." Since hens never pee, the phrase suggests that children suppress their concerns - teaching an early form of censorship that we often carry into adulthood. When a coin is inserted in the vending machine, a plastic hen “pees” and releases an egg with a custom-made prize designed by community members who “speak out” about their personal, global and community concerns.
Cuando las Gallinas Mean (When Hens Pee) was commissioned by the Newark Museum with support from a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artist and Communities Grant.