Monday, October 20, 2008

Fungi art!

Yesterday Belgrade's Mycological Society held its annual mushroom and fungi show. Mushroom and fungi lovers from all over Serbia came to display and admire collections of commonplace and rare mushrooms. Unlike the recent Honey Show, there was no sampling allowed! Pictured above is something I had never seen before: fungi art! Not artwork made out of fungi, but art on fungi. The artist takes tree fungus, boils and dries it, preps the now hard-as-rock surface, then uses oil paint to create the religious scenes you see here. To own a piece of this very original artwork, be prepared to hand over from 50 to 120 euros. And you thought mushrooms were only for eating!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your daily photos Bibi!
Great to see fungus amongus!

MuseSwings said...

The detail on the enlarged picture is quite amazing! I thought an Apostle was missing from the Last Supper, but found him sitting way over to the left - a side view - or would you say "stage right" for a mushroom?
Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

Chuck Pefley said...

Those appear to be more dear than white truffles! Certainly nicer looking :)

Montreal is a nice city. And yes, we did sample some fine cuisine. Almost to NYC on the train, now.

Therese said...

How peculiar! and unique.

Tash said...

These are amazing & really unusual! The art rivals the old icons in beauty. I thought maybe they wouldn't be very durable, but they should be just as durable as wood if not more so.

Webradio said...

Hello Bibi !

Very cute photos... Big mushrooms...
It's lovely !

soulbrush said...

when i clicked on your post, i thought'it can't be about fungi'....art???? how???? now i know, amazing stuff....

marley said...

Well, I've seen it all now! How strange but the detail of the painting is amazing.

Sherry said...

Amazing,, I love it! Makes me giggle,,, thanks for sharing, btw, a small world after all, Mukilteo, Everett, Seattle, well, we'll have to have a latte oneday! THanks for your comment about my blog and political stance, it isn't as political though, I feel as it is just about humans and equality.

Louis la Vache said...

heeheehee
This would qualify for an entry in the Odd Shots Monday meme!
;-)

vero said...

Incredible, I never see it but I think it can be a good idea.

antigoni said...

Excellent work!

lavenderlady said...

Oh my, this is very different. Thanks for stopping by my blog...and the next time you are in Sequim, give me a call.