Trenton Doyle Hancock collaborated with master rug makers Odabashian to create this limited edition of Teenage Mound Pelts. There are four different designs to choose from, each of which is a variation of the black and white stripey mound fur with pink "mound meat" showing through. They are 6 feet in diameter, and are made from 100% New Zealand semi-worsted, high-luster Merino yarn. They were woven in Varanasi, India using a Moroccan knot over a flat woven kilim on an Egyptian cotton foundation.
Mound #1 The Legend (part of Trenton Doyle Hancock's exhibition at MASS MoCA - The Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass) was also made by Odabashian, using the same materials and techniques as the teenage pelts.
“About 50,000 years ago an ape man named Homerbuctas masturbated in a field of prehistoric flowers giving birth to a legend, no, “The” Legend. For years, there have been reports of large, furry, smelly heaps residing in wooded areas around the world. These reports are supposed sightings of the cryptid (creature not yet verified by science), simply known to cryptozoologists as Mounds.
I am, for reasons that I can’t quite explain, connected to these mysterious Mound creatures. I share a psychic bond with each Mound. I am ground control, and they are my satellites. I remember things that they have done, and I recall things that they have seen even after they are dead. I am able to inhabit the reality of the Mounds. Therefore, it has become my duty to document the goings-on in their realm, an alternate space that exists in hidden Earthly pockets. I have come to know these spatial accumulations as The Moundverse. The first Mound I learned of was in 1997, at which time I began chronicling his life. This Mound was called Mound #1, The Legend. In the year 2000, I began telling the tale of this Mound’s demise at the hands of Vegan rebels.” – Trenton Doyle Hancock