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Mounds are half-plant, half-human creatures in the paintings and writings of artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. He explained in an art21 interview that the mounds were created thousands of years ago, when an ape man "masturbated into a field of flowers and its seed spread to the ground to for a mound in which there nasty asses could grow up and rape flowers". Hancock's mounds resemble black and white striped hills, with tree-like skeletons and roughly human-like heads. Mounds represent good in the artist's own depiction of a spiritual struggle between good and evil (evil being represented by vegans). In Hancock's art, the mounds are an ancient and primal species, with deep connections to nature, the oldest of which is known as The Legend.
Paintings of mounds, including The Legend, are currently featured in the exhibit "Moments in Mound History" at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
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