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Lichen Puppet

29 Jan

lichen puppet 1Our after-school program focuses on water and the environment. We all made our own paper mache ball puppets, decorated them with all kinds of recycled materials and now we are going to create, write, re-write and practice, practice, practice our plays. Yes I did learn something from the New England Puppet Intensive last summer.

My puppet is the lichen puppet. Lichens are usually made up of two organisms a fungus and green alga or cyanobacterium  growing together in a symbiotic relationship.

Scott Le GrecaThis puppet was inspired by two things, well one person and one thing. My colleague and friend Scott La Greca that works at the
L. H. Bailey Hortorium Herbarium at Cornell University is a lichen specialist and has introduced me to the wild and unusual world of lichens.

my cathedralThe second reason is that one cool, humid and foggy days the trunks of trees in the Berkshires are alive and glow green with photosynthesis of lichens. Let alone are they making energy, but they seem to create light to the undergrowth. Amazing organisms.

lichens microscopic

“Lichenes” from Ernst Haeckel’s Artforms of Nature, 1904

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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Art, Berkshire BioBlitz, Children's Art & Science Classes, Nature Curios, Puppets

 

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