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  • Forest Alms

    Mushroom (Stropharia rugoso-annulata), wood chips, branches, straw, and moss. Dimensions: 38” dia.; 24” dia.; 15” dia.

    Environmental intervention made during a residency at I-Park, Connecticut.

    This intervention consists of 3 rings of woven branches installed on the forest floor, each containing layers of wood chips inoculated with edible mushroom mycelium and covered with straw. Each of these “plates” becomes a “mycelial lens” ready to produce edible mushrooms in 6 to 12 months. The mushrooms would appear inside each ring and can grow as large as 2 feet in diameter. As this mycelial lens matures over several years, the centers dye back while the outer regions continue to produce mushrooms like wave radiating from the center and becoming an integral part of the forest floor.

    This mushroom is not only edible, but also very useful in habitat restoration, fortifying the ecosystem by enriching the soil and stimulating plant growth while providing food for animals, insects and humans.

    For more on this mushroom and habitat restoration through the use of fungi click here.