Art with Fungi

I had the pleasure of meeting Phil Ross, a SF area artist, last night at the BABS Darwin Day Celebration. He has been growing fungi in a variety of different ways to make living art in an project called ‘Pure Culture‘. He is using Ganoderma lucidum (a Polyporales fungus, which is being sequenced in Taiwan) grown in molds (plaster, not the other kind of molds) to create some fantastic shapes including a recreation of a photo of a drop of milk splashing as seen to the right.

[Corrected: Brain was not in gear, Ganoderma is not an Agaricales, but a Polyporales basidiomycete fungus.]