From 1970-1974, an old rag-salvaging factory in then decrepit SoHo was transformed into an influential live/work space. As one of the artists-in-residence, Beckley created a piece of post-minimalism in which a plank bed was suspended beneath a rooster cage, with a live rooster inside.
"An artist who shall remain nameless decided at this time to dye a pile of rope with a toxic substance, and in the wonderful spirit that was 112, dumpted it beside my rooster piece. The rooster first stumbled in circles then fell, poisoned by the toxic fumes. I feel guilty to this day." - Bill Beckley