REINDEER MOSS - Fun and Artful

Norwegian reindeer moss

 is a perfect covering at the base of plants, in dried arrangements, set around stones, and any other idea you may have.

It is really a lichen - a combination of a fungus and an algae. It is sold as a  preserved material. You can buy it in boxes or bags.

It comes in a wide variety of colors which makes it a must have, especially in autumn...Here are some colors (among many):

There are so many things you can do with this living material....Make items from it like shown below:

The artist Olafur Eliasson made an entire wall from reindeer moss and has exhibited it in museums around the world...

This installation is appropriately titled Moss Wall.  It is a wall covered from floor to ceiling in reindeer moss, a study in living texture. (It resembles what I have done on a hidden wall in my house which was to put a carpet on a wall... I call it Carpet Wall.(not) )

This is from a flikr file
Annie Chicago, a designer, was so inspired by the Moss Wall that she made one herself for a fashion photo shoot. She writes about the moss wall she saw in the museum,

"There was an entire room devoted to a wall covered in reindeer moss in the exhibit. It smelled so lovely and over the duration of the exhibit, the moss changed in color. It was so beautiful and filled me with a deep sense of hope. 

The mossy space felt very magical, and I wanted to capture that feeling in my fall 2010 collection. So I set off to find some moss."

She did a great, great job - check it out:

Annie Chicago Photo Shoot - reindeer Moss Wall

... with reindeer moss

This is getting very cool....

and the final result? Voila!


  1. Fascinated by vertical gardens, this wall art makes a great alternative for an indoor display. Wonderful!

    1. I agree! Such a great use of reindeer moss....

  2. It seems magnificent, something to let grow in your house! Does it ask for lots of attentions?


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