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.]

3 thoughts on “Art with Fungi”

  1. How do I get a good quality print of this picture? The milk drop has a special place in our family because Harold Edgerton, the photographer, was a relative. And I collect “fungal art” (or more properly fungal kitch). thanks.

  2. I found a fungi cluster on the ground (I believe it might be hen-of-the-woods). I’m intrigued by it’s look and am not interested in eating it. Can I dry it out and use it for display? Will it decay? Will it attract bugs?

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