Thneeds Reseeds: Figures of Biocultural Hope in the Anthropocene


Thneeds Reseeds, a sculptural artwork by Deanna Pindell, is a biotactical intervention aimed at exposing and derailing dominant regimes for managing sylvan life. The “thneeds” are fuzzy softball-sized sculptures made from old sweaters. Left in the forest, these sculptures constitute brightly-colored habitats for forest plants and animals. This article looks at how Pindell has worked to create livable futures in the aftermath of ecological disaster. In particular, Pindell has attempted to support the silvery bryum (Bryum argenteum), one of the most resilient mosses in the world, which can serve as a “first responder” in clear-cut forests.