At CoSM, we are celebrating the most recent mushroom cafe mural, a contribution by Martin Bridge. This work represents the Mushroom Shaman cave art in Tassili n’Ajjer SE Algeria, portraying the oldest known petroglyphs of psychoactive mushrooms, specifically Psilocybe. In Martin's depiction, we see characters large and small, holding mushrooms, some with mushrooms growing from their bodies. In Terence McKenna's 1992 book “Food of the Gods,” McKenna proposes that the inhabitants of this cave used psilocybin mushrooms in their rituals.
Mushroom Cafe mural by Martin Bridge
A central theme in Martin’s work explores the human relationship with the web of life. Martin's artwork traverses the realms of science and mysticism, challenging cultural paradigms that influence our relationship to the natural world and to our brothers and sisters. An avid Permaculture designer, Martin creates intending to improve awareness and to enhance reverence for nature. The Permaculture art of Martin Bridge, shared in international publications and educational material, offers a sense of mystery and possibility while pointing to a life in balance with our earth.