Shrooms Dropped Around the Globe
On August 15th 2020, artists from all over the world hid their impressively varied, mushroom themed artworks. It was the official drop date for the much anticipated Game of Shrooms art scavenger hunt. Just like last year, Game of Shrooms was open to anyone willing to participate and this exciting event only continues to grow in size. A huge number of artists signed up from around the globe, as did many enthusiastic shroom hunters. While the original drop date was set as June 13th, it was delayed and rescheduled due to the impact of COVID-19.
I created four dessert shroom pieces myself, from polymer clay and mixed media. I was inspired to give them a sickly sweet twist after noticing how a mushroom cap somewhat resembled a baked cupcake. That's how my brain generally works. I piled them high with icing and ice cream, lollies, maggots, teeth and candy-coated eyeballs.
Sneaking Around Freemantle
As luck would have it, I was actually due to be in Perth on the new official drop date. This meant I had to pack up my shrooms and take them with us on the four and half hour road trip South. It was late afternoon once family commitments were completed, so we decided to head to Fremantle as our drop location (another 45 minute drive). Even with the weather quickly turning, there was a surprising amount of people around. This made hiding the artworks extra tricky...but we tried to do so in the most casual fashion. Location hints were posted to both my Instagram and Facebook pages for keen shroom hunters.
All Four Found
I had confirmation from an enthusiastic Shroom-hunter that all four of my shrooms had been picked from their hiding spots. I know where two ended up, but the other two still remain a mystery to this day...did you find one? Let me know in the comments below!
Are You Game for Next Year?
Game of Shrooms creator Daniel "Attaboy" Seifert has announced the official date for the next Shroom Drop - June 12th 2021. So lock it in if you're keen to get on board! Follow @attayumfactory socially for future updates. Please avoid using the #shroomdrop hashtag for unrelated posts and stick to only hiding shrooms on the official event date specified. This keeps the event special - something fun and unique to look forward to!
People often complain about the “Art world” and while an often exclusionary insular world does exist, but so does another one that you need only to create to be part of. we mustn’t forget that you don’t need permission to make or collect art that speaks to you, and to not stop creating or appreciating art and artists.
- Daniel "Attaboy" Seifert