A somewhat-living gothic pinnacle.
Fruiting Body explores the poetic sympathies between gothic architecture and contemporary biodesign.
A gothic pinnacle, sculpted out of unfired, oyster mushroom-innoculated clay, sits in a vitrine. Over the course of the three-week exhibition, the fungi dispersed throughout the sculpture begin to grow. Their breath fogs up the glass and they weave a delicate fuzz of mycellium strands across the surface of their home.
Where the architects of gothic revivalism saw advantages in the emergent, decentralised and non-rationalised approach of gothic architecture, the biodesigners of today find inspiration in the emergent, decentralised and non-rationalised qualities of biological systems.
An architectural element, with vegetal form, rendered in earth, inhabited by fungi.
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