This temporary installation was created for Earth Day 2016 to bring awareness to the harmful effects of plastic on our planet. It was installed on the academic quad of Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA.
Certain mushroom species grow in circular patterns in open grassy places. In ancient folklore it was believed that mushrooms grew where fairies had once danced. In reality these types of mushrooms are predators. As the ring gets larger and spreads outward more mushrooms appear. Their hidden roots—the mycelium—consume nutrients from the soil thus starving the grass. This simulated fairy ring has a similar agenda. Because it was created using discarded plastic lids it will eventually break down into tiny micro-plastic that include various chemicals leaving a trail of destruction in the soil and the surrounding water.