Barnacle houses

"Barnacles, what are they?

Barnacles (sessilia in scientific language) belong to the order of crustaceans (cirripedia).

They attach themselves on to all kinds of surfaces, preferably in tidal areas. In crowded populations, they may form huge pillars. Barnacles have outward calcareous skeletons, looking like a cone made of six different plates. At low tide, barnacles can close their little house with a lid consisting of two plates. They are hermaphrodites.


How my idea of Barnacle houses came to be, by Anthonia de Koning.

As a child in 1953, when I returned to our house in Zeeland after the flooding disaster, I could see round marks of the barnacles on our walls, showing the water level at ebb tide. Many years later, when I lived  in Senegal, I noticed the barnacles on the coast near Dakar were much larger than the ones I knew back home in Holland. Perhaps it was this difference in size which made me look closer at their structure and the wonderful way in which a colony of these creatures may spread. I was quite fascinated and it seemed interesting to translate their forms into the proportions of human housing."

In May 2010 I constructed a Barnacle house by willow weaving.