Mushroom Art Installation

I have been interested in doing public art installations for a few years now. Combining my love for nature, art, and technology, I would love to work with artists, engineers, and non-profits to create installations that help the environment in some way, be it cleaning toxins from the air or raising awareness for environmental issues.

Now in San Francisco, I have access to incredible hiking within 10 miles of my house. And since we've had great luck with El Niño and having a rainy, wet season, there have been ample opportunities for mushroom colonies to spurt. Finding these incredible growths, I decided that I would make ceramic mushrooms and plant them in places that I have been hiking hoping others would like finding simple art installations in everyday places. This project will be evolving in 2016 and I can't wait to see what the progress will be in a year. 


Living by Golden Gate Park, I decided that I would plant my first installation on a walking/bicycle path that I use frequently. This path is used by some, but not used by most, which makes it a great spot to plant a few mushrooms.


I will give you a hint, it is located in the northeast corner of the park. If you are able to find it, hashtag it #lilmushies. I can't wait to learn more about mushrooms and mushroom types, create new ones in clay, and plant them around the Bay Area. 


Gopi Shah

Gopi Shah Ceramics, Austin, TX, 78702, United States

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Gopi Shah began crafting clayworks in high school and continued her studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2014, Gopi launched her ceramics business after moving to Austin, Texas. Since founding her practice, Gopi’s repertoire has expanded to incorporate textures, sgraffito, and hand-painting to create a collection inspired by memories and nature. Gopi proudly crafts ceramic wares in her East Austin studio working clay into new forms and objects every day.