To what extent can I blame Margaret Thatcher?, 2016

Bracket Fungus, oiled/sealed

Visitors to the gallery were invited to ask Marcus questions that preoccupy them and struggle to answer themselves. This sculpture is his answer to one of these questions, “To what extent can I blame Margaret Thatcher?”

Marcus located this bracket fungus from a park in Liverpool. The bracket fungus is the fruiting body of a network that lives unseen within the tree. The fungus appears once the tree’s health is weakened. It’s unsure whether the fungus contributed to the eventual death of its host tree.