Biosphere 5, 2016
Tin, foam, acrylic, plexiglas, clay, Selaginella Lepidophylla
42 × 24 × 24 cm
Biosphere 5 is yet another hypothesis proposed by the artist in his research and poetic conquest of new resources and new modes of existence. Inspired by the film Silent Running (Douglas Trumbull, 1972) in which humans, after Earth has been depleted of all plant life, send a forest contained in a giant geodesic glass dome into space, Adrien Missika devised a portable ecosystem made of tin and Plexiglas, built onto a backpack, that allows light to nourish a Selaginella Lepidophylla from Mexico (Chihuahua), a desert plant nicknamed locally "Siempre Viva" (still alive). The plant needs almost no water to survive, opening when it comes in contact with water, and closing back up again in order to preserve it.