When Rotting Vegetables Become Otherworldly Landscapes

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Image: Heikki Leis

Mold isn’t really something we tend to associate with art. Sometimes, however, it just takes the right kind of artist to make us look at the world in a slightly different way, and suddenly the hidden beauty of everyday phenomena is revealed.


Image: Heikki Leis

What you notice first here are the colors and textures. Velvety greens, yellows, whites and greys; glistening droplets in amber and amethyst; glossy pinks and blacks. The mounds look like bizarre geological formations, studded with crystals and covered with soft moss… Something you might expect to find on a forest floor, or deep within a cave.

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Image: Heikki Leis

Although these strange heaps are indeed products of nature, they are also the work of photographer Heikki Leis, and they are rotten — literally. Leis created these multi-hued artworks from piles of decaying vegetables after being inspired by a pot of boiled potatoes he had left sitting out for too long. “They had started to mold and on closer examination I discovered some interesting textures and colors there and that’s how it started,” he told us.

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