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stitched spirogyra algae, mermaid's tresses, algae art, hair art, hair installation
spirogyra/mermaid’s tresses: one bad ombré
hair extensions, thread, bass casting sinker
10'+ high
2018

chain of stitched algae "spirogyra" on hair extensions, weighted with cast sinker. Spirogyra is a common, photosynthetic green algae found in freshwater, including shallow ponds and ditches. It's names include mermaid tresses, water silk, and mermaid tresses. High densities of this algae, among others, is an indicator of high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in water, often from runoff that includes fertilizers, household laundry detergents, and livestock waste.