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My idea is to built a Physarum terrarium. In this little house for Physarum I can watch life cycle of the organism in it's natural environment.
Petri dishes are not natural environment for slime molds. They are growing out from their tiny petri dishes so fast. So I thought a bigger and greener new home will be more suitable for them. For a while I let them just be and they were everywhere but then they started to dry and no more growing. And I thought they really need a new and a better home. First I wanted to make a terrarium with a fish tank but I couldn't find one. Later an idea came to my mind. I had a lot of empty glass jars at home so I decided to make little terrariums with them. I cooked some medium pour theme bottom of the jars, they were almost ready now. I went to the Ilm Park and picked dry branches and dead leaves and I put them in jars. Later I put tiny pieces of slime molds on different places inside the jars and just wait.
I am waiting for them to grow inside the jars. In the next days, my plan is make a dark and scary little installations. I got this inspiration from the horror movie The Blob (1958). I want to use organic artificial blood in the jar, put tiny gravestones and maybe put some real spider webs that already exist in my room. I will give names to Physarums so they will have characters and they will be more close to human nature. Just like naming our pets, doing the same thing for slime molds will strengthen our bond. I will put their names on tiny gravestones so when they dryed and kind of dead, their graves will be ready, just like human beings.
First meeting with the Physarum
First look to the terrarium installation
It is been for a while since I updated this page. My Physarum was completely dry but I resurrected it finally. It looks better than ever now. Soon I will start my terrarium project again.
30th September 2020 So far I recretated my terrarium and put Physarum inside. It was shy a little bit at first but then it accepted it's new home. I gave a name to my Physarum and it it Gelb. So Physarum Gelb grew more and more inside terrarium. Later I put a tiny gravestone with the name Gelb on it. So I waited... And one morning I found Gelb the Physarum all brown turnt to spores. It was mix with the earth on the bottom of the jar. For humans when we die and mix with the earth there is no turning back but for Gelb the Physarum this is not the end. It can resurrect when conditions are good for it. So there is no meaning for being sad for it. There is no death for Physarum and I am really happy about it. Maybe someday we, human beings can resurrect too, by the power of the science of course.