Svalbard Global Seed Vault(2009)
MDF board, plastic, paper, paint, electric lights
(90 × 42 × 25 cm, hanging 135 cm from the floor)
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The archive depicted in this sculpture is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. If global catastrophes like asteroid impacts or disease pandemics were to strike, seeds stored in this first ever “doomsday” vault would ensure that humans could regrow the crops needed for survival. The vault holds seed samples (as many as three million different crop varieties) in so-called black boxes. These packages will stay unopened in the Svalbard facility unless the need arises for a variety that is otherwise used up or wiped out.