C-MOULD is a unique collection, and knowledge base, for microorganisms that have application within the arts. Our latest acquisition is Cupriavidus metallidurans strain CH34. This bacterium was originally isolated in 1976 from a metal processing factory, and is notable because it withstands milli-molar range concentrations of over 20 different heavy metals. It has evolved to live in extreme and metal rich man-made environments and because of this has to be the defining life form of the Anthropocene. It will also reductively precipitate toxic gold(I/III)-complexes (see photograph) to produce nano-particulate metallic gold. In other words this microbial alchemist can transform certain chemicals into gold.