buiding a mycelium pigeontower
Is it a mushroom farm? Is it a tower? Is it fertile soil? Is it a corn field? Is it a pigeon tower?
By Arne Hendriks
The mycelium pigeon tower is a constant process of one state moving into the next. After the mushroom harvest, the old mycelium bricks are used to build a tower, a tower aspiring to become soil, the soil bringing forth the corn, the corn eaten by resident pigeons that fertilize the soil with their droppings while corn foliage is turned into blocks of mycelium substrate to once again grow mushrooms.
In the autumn of 2020, we started experimenting with different shapes and methods to build this living cycle, and investigate material decomposition as part of the design process. Different towers will emerge at the Mediamatic Biotoop. You are invited to build with us and to discuss the process with Arne Hendriks at one of his lectures.
Feral city pigeons have a bad reputation but that says more about us humans than it says about the pigeon. It's also a relatively recent perception. Throughout history, pigeons have always been highly valued, both for their incredible skills to find their way home, as well as for their meat and the…
It’s a mushroom farm. It’s a corn field. It’s a tower. It’s fertile soil. It’s a pigeon cott.
What you call it probably depends on when you encounter it. On first glance IT could be a pile of mycelium bricks, tower-shaped, IT could be a pile of soil, a patch of corn, a pigeon cott, or even a somewhat otherworldly mushroom farm. And you’d always be correct because in its various incarnations…
Step by Step
Square and Round
Building living architecture is not that easy and it was paired with fails and errors. But with each tower we got more experienced, we learned how the mycelium behaves and what it tells us. So, w hy does our biggest tower so far have an octagonal shape? Well, there was a whole process that leads up…
Feeling pigeon today?
Creating a Facefilter
How does it feel to be a pigeon? Of course, nobody can ever tell, and probably even each pigeon on its own feels different about it. But to support the feeling to be part of the pigeon community I created a face-filter. With it you can experience how it would feel if you would have a -to be honest…
Reward of Patience
And then one other element with the Mycelium Pigeon Towers is patience. We waited about two weeks before we took off the tarp and we could see steam coming off. There was this white tower in front of us. And then I knew: we did it! This is a proper tower. It is growing. It is still alive.