Mycelial Connections & Fruiting Bodies

Join us for an Eco-Art Walk & Talk on Thursday April 25, 2019 to celebrate the installation of Mycelial Connections and Fruiting Bodies: living mushroom sculptures in Renfrew Park! Walk & Talk with lead artists Carmen Rosen & Willoughby Arevalo will be followed by Mushroom Soup served in the Community Room of the Renfrew VPL. This event is free – by donation.

In October 2018, we installed a honeycomb-shaped pyramid in Renfrew Park with hands paralleling the shape of mycelium. Mycelial Connections is a living collaboration between oyster mushrooms and Alder from Renfrew Ravine, artists Carmen Rosen and Willoughby Arevalo, and community members both human and non-human. The hands represent two networks of mycelium growing together and connecting. Over time the mycelium will produce mushrooms, decay the wood, build soil, and cycle nutrients into the ecosystem.
In April 2019, Mycelial Connections had it’s first fruiting of oyster mushrooms from the hands!


Fruiting Bodies is the second phase, with figurative sculptures about the cycles of life, death, and regeneration. They are made with Oyster Mushroom mycelium to bind and eat sawdust, natural textiles dyed with plants and mushrooms, plant materials from Renfrew Ravine including woven English Ivy, Alder, Maple, and Hazel, and are sealed with beeswax. Over time the mycelium will produce mushrooms, decay the wood, build soil, and cycle nutrients in the ecosystem.
The human face was inspired by a photo of legendary Renfrew Ravine squatter Ted Twetie taken on his 105 th birthday. The salmon is a tribute to the chum salmon that have returned to spawn in Still Creek after many decades of absence.


Lead artists: Willoughby Arevalo and Carmen Rosen, with the support of Bea Miller, Rebecca Graham, and Still Moon Arts Society. Special thanks to the many contributing community members (human and non-human).

This project was made possible with funding from City of Vancouver Public Art Program, Vancouver Park Board Neighbourhood Matching Fund, and the BC Arts Council.