Nebula Shroom Grove represents mushroom forest that intertwines with nebula-like ecosystem

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Nebula Shroom Grove

The Understory, a creative collective of Colombian architects and designers based in London, has received an Honoraria Program award for its installation designed for Burning Man 2024. The installation, named “Nebula Shroom Grove,” is a visual interpretation of a mushroom forest intertwined with a nebula-like ecosystem that highlights the interconnection and community in the Nevada desert.

Nebula Shroom Grove

The installation consists of interconnected modules installed at different heights, with thin, curved bases that extend to wide crowns, creating a magical refuge for visitors. From a distance, “Nebula” is visually striking, but it is in closer proximity that the fascinating details are revealed: textures, shadows, and lighting that invite attendees to enter a portal to a world where the line between reality and imagination blurs.

The project aims to be more than just a visual wonder for Burning Man attendees. Inspired by the profound symbolism of mushrooms, the project highlights the importance of solidarity and mutual support. Under the festival’s theme, “Curioser and Curioser,” “Nebula” promises to take visitors on an introspective journey and be a beacon of support for those who have been affected by loneliness and mental health issues.

After the event, Understory plans to relocate the installation to a space where it can continue to inspire and connect people, aligning with their vision of a continuous artistic community. Part of the revenues generated from the project will be allocated to an organization dedicated to working for mental health, reinforcing Understory’s commitment to creating lasting and meaningful connections.

If you are interested in being a part of this project, there are multiple ways to contribute, from donations towards the realization of the work to those who wish to help spread its message. You can follow the project on Instagram at @understorybm to stay updated.

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