“Natural Recyclers” Installation by Nicola Parente and Dyvia Murthy for Art League Houston | 2009-2010

Natural Recyclers a site specific installation by Nicola Parente and Dyvia Murthy created for Art League Houston. Using mainly recyclable and renewable resources, this installation consisting of three giant mushrooms, fabricated from rebar, soil, moss, herbs, Texas native and non native plants. The mushroom caps and stems are planted with Texas native and non-native, edible and herb plants. The use of the mushroom reflects the important role the fungi play in the ecosystem through its use of decomposing materials as its source of nourishment. Parente and Murthy feel the mushroom and its symbiotic relationship with the root structures of plants is the ideal symbolic gesture to promote environmental consciousness within our community.

Steel structure/sculpture fabrication by Spencer Elliott