Fungal sculptor Bill Davenport sends this photo of the Giant Mushroom Forest on Studewood south of W. Melwood St., showing the central toadstool freshly decapitated. His explanation for the un-making of his own work: the middle sculpture, originally designed for only a year-long Austin stint back at the turn of the decade, was crumbling and unstable, and had to be demolished last Sunday. “I’m sad to say the other two are not far behind,” he adds.
Davenport is now crowdsourcing funds to put toward restoring the trio and getting them in shape for a longer-term gig. The 3 giant mushrooms (not to be confused with the 3 giant mushrooms that sprung up down the road by Inversion Coffee House a few years ago) currently reside in front of Urban Harvest’s Tiny Mushrooms community garden.
In exchange for donations, backers can come to Davenport’s E. 11th St. junk shop and pick up a hand-painted Mushroom Stone, sized proportionally to the amount of money chipped in; a large donation could earn you a rock the size of a football, but “there are even tiny mushroom pebbles for donations down to 25 cents,” writes Davenport. “Everyone gets a stone.”
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Photo: Bill Davenport