Disco Divas (Lamproderma Slime Mould 1-2mm)


Flame-worked and blown borosilicate and soda lime glass, glass paints, airdry clay, forest wood, found glass base, cold assembled
Size: 23cm H x 31cm W x 9cmD


These slimemoulds are in actuality only a few millimetres tall. I was particularly fascinated by the Lamproderma’s iridescence (usually only visible under the microscope) when coming to the end of their fruiting cycle and about to release its spores. This variety likes to appear on mossy wood.
Slime moulds are neither plants, animals nor fungi; they normally take the form of amoeba. They live in soils rich in organic matter (on logs, leaves or the forest floor) and play important roles including enhancing soil fertility though nutrient recycling. Sculpture inspired by the photographs of northern Tasmanian expert Sarah Lloyd.


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