Sigrún Thorlacius is a recent graduate of the product design programme, Iceland Academy of the Arts. Her final project is Healing Earth. The project explores the use of fungi in converting contaminated, toxic land into viable ecosystems.
According to Thorlacius,
There are species in the fungus kingdom that in unison are able to break down all major toxins that threaten life on Earth. On their menu are chemicals, persistent organic pollutants, oils, radioactive compounds and even plastic. By doing this, fungi can start a chain reaction of toxin degradation, which otherwise would accumulate in the environment with unpredictable consequences.
Most trees live in harmony with mycelium. By growing tree cuttings and infecting their root system with preferred species of fungi before planting, it is possible to affect the type of mycelium that is dominant at a particular area. At places where there is need to filter toxins from flowing water it is possible to make a permeable membrane with optimal mycelium.
The project aims at preventing toxins from accessing the ecosystem as well as cleaning up and recover damaged land.
This is our third annual round-up of the final project by graduates from the Iceland Academy of the Arts, showcasing the brand new Icelandic design talent. For all previous posts in The Graduates category, see here.
Images courtesy of the designer