punning on climate change
Bissel Gallery, Ithaca, NY
This piece employs a variety of material puns.
When I give talks on greenhouse gas emissions to farmers, I have to discuss the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of various greenhouse gases. That is, different molecules have different potency in effecting climate change. One day, I used a metaphor of a cotton sheet, a wool blanket, and a down comfortor to explain these various GWPs. While not exactly analogous to what is presented here, it was the inspiration for this domestic corner.
The thin cotton sheet depicts an equation for calculating heat loss in leaky houses. The down comfortor duvet depicts SF6, a greenhouse gas that is >25,000 times as potent as CO2 -it's hot! A weave in a cotton throw depicts a psychometric chart engineers use to manage water vapor and temperature for heating and cooling. Trends in CO2 emission pillows present a case to rest your head on at night. A graph of CO2 emissions as bedsite rug. A bedside table depicting collaboration. Inside the collaboration drawer, a set of political style hand fans depicting more graphs on climate, so you and your partner can cool each other off (unfortunately, it won't mitigate the methane emissions).