Fruiting Bodies, 2011
cast aqua resin, 30 ft diameter x 5 inches tall
The Great Poor Farm Experiment
Fruiting Bodies consists of hundreds of cast mushrooms installed in rings around unmarked graves in the Waupaca County Poor Farm cemetery (Little Wolf, WI). In nature, fairy rings appear as perfectly arranged individual mushrooms, but are in fact a single organism: an underground mycelium web. I conceived of this as a monument that would point down, bringing attention to the grass and decomposition just below.