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24-09-2011 Close-up of our tomato-wall - Paddestoel Paradijs

In "Mur de Double Concentré de Tomate", a large wall of the Mediamatic bank has been plastered with tomato paste, covered with plastic, and left to its own devices. After a week the plastic covering is removed, revealing the natural molding processes that the tomato paste has taken. The sheer size of the wall and its prominence inside the Mediamatic Bank almost forces the visitors to come in contact with the processes of decay. Placing two iterations of fungus parallel to one another, the mushrooms growing in the exhibition space (mushrooms being the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus) and the mold growing on the tomato wall (mold being a specific type of fungus), creates a landscape of the processes of growth and decomposition.

Multiple molds growing on 'Mur de Double Concentré de Tomate' at the Paddestoelen Paradijs exhibition.