A mutation of the word “incognito”, referring to the act of going unrecognized, with the latin plural suffix “ae”: the “unrecognized ones.”
The purpose of “Incognae” is to direct attention to the activity under the soil. When humans disturb soil by tilling and introducing chemical fertilizers and pesticides many of the beneficial microscopic organisms are depleted or eradicated. This hidden collective of organisms creates soil structures allowing plant and tree roots to penetrate the soil more easily, promoting stronger root systems, and healthier growth. Plants and trees that utilize mycorrhiza out compete those that do not. This “unrecognized” part of the ecosystem interacts with approximately 90% of the planet’s flora. Lowly, hidden microorganisms directly impact our food as well as the planet’s enormous biosphere.
The fungiforms in the Incognae installation at Freedom Park are in various stages of erupting from the earth, drawing attention to hidden activities occurring in the soil. Additionally, the mycorhizzal community will be reintroduced into the heavily terra formed park landscape by the establishment of a native plant community that is raised without chemical fertilizers or pesticides of any kind, ensuring the presence of a healthy mycorhizzae.
About the author Pandra Williams
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