Pressed soybean plants on archival paper, framed, 37"x27"
The artists collected these plants from Indiana fields in the late summer of 2012, during severe flash drought conditions in the Midwest. They are preserved in a manner akin to specimens in a herbarium collection, giving visitors the opportunity to compare individual plant growth, characteristics and features. A label attached to each mounting board records the location where the plant was extracted, taxonomic information, and brief narrative description. These soybean plants are the first specimens in a growing archive of preserved pressed plants; an archive which also features plants from the National Security Garden public artwork temporarily installed in Singen, Germany (2012) and Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2013).
Indiana Drought Soybeans