The Water Bear by Karin Roy Andersson

Burnt, frozen, radiated, raised from the dead – the water bear an evolutionary masterpiece.

The water bear is a 0,5 – 1 mm animal. A bit chubby, segmented with eight legs and an amazing survivor. In experiments it has been exposed to 340 degrees of heat, hypothermia, radiation and drought. But in situations where all other creatures give in, the water bear endure. This little animal can go into a state of cryptobiosis, where all the things we normally define as life are shut down. Encapsulated in this state it can slumber waiting for things to get better. It can lie like this for decades until one day when times has changed, the conditions has become better, the spark of life is lit and the water bear wakes up.
Karin Roy Andersson
The Water Bear
Juniper wood, silver, nylon, diamond.

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