Pollen Count

Joni Younkins-Herzog's avatar Joni Younkins-Herzog

A seeming disaster with my puppy resulted in "Pollen Count." The hole chewed out of my mattress in the sweltering Oklahoma summer heat led to discomfort sleeping; discussion of what to do with the giant expensive yellow foam began.....as did the yellow pine pollen drifts all over town. Utilizing a book on enlarged microscopic images and many found re-purposed couch cushions (including my mattress) resulted in this sculpture. The piece represents a desire to be more responsible with the items I own and consider our individual impact on local landfills, especially with items made of petroleum by-products. The first piece in the Faux series, "Spawn" was made from a styrofoam dock washed up on the shores of a local state park. An omen or just a romantic recycler? I decided the materials were meant for me to investigate and emerged in a new body of work.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: Re-purposed Tempur-pedic, urethane foam, wire
  • Width: 14
  • Year created: 2009
  • Height: 6