Artwork #48

The Future

by Flip Solomon, Council District 9

Original pen and ink on watercolor paper, 2018

Courtesy of the Artist

Fungus is the largest organism on earth. Under our very feet is a superhighway of information—a vast network of mycelium (mushroom root threads) that connect trees and other plants to share information & nutrients and to ensure the survival of those in the network.

Mushrooms thrive on radiation as a food source and can clean up oil spills, degrade baby diapers and filter E. Coli. They also have major immune-boosting and anti-cancer properties and can be made into beautiful leathers. Mushrooms are active at night and they are biologically much closer to animals than to plants, some are even carnivorous!