The Oldest Living Things in the World Captured by Artist Rachel Sussman

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Every day there are endangered species vanishing in the world, and the best way to remember them is to take photographs of them.  Since 2004 the Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Rachel Sussman, has been researching, working with biologists, and travel the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older: The Oldest Living Things In The World.

Sussman says “The project is part art and part science. There’s an environmental component. And I’m also trying to create a means in which to step outside our daily experience of time and to start to consider a deeper timescale. I selected 2,000 years as my minimum age because I wanted to start at what we consider to be year zero and work back from there.”

What she collects includes Antarctic Moss of 5,500 years old, underground forests of 13,000 years old and Green Picca of 9,550 years old.

You can learn more about Sussman’s project through her website.

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
La Llareta (up to 3,000 years old; Atacama Desert, Chile)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Spruce Gran Picea #0909 – 11A07 (9,550 years old; Fulufjället, Sweden)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Welwitschia Mirabilis #0707-22411 (2,000 years old; Namib-Naukluft Desert, Namibia)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Antarctic Moss #0212-7B33 (5,500 years old; Elephant Island, Antarctica)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Jōmon Sugi, Japanese Cedar #0704-002 (2,180-7,000 years old; Yakushima, Japan

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Underground Forest #0707-10333 (13,000 years old; Pretoria South Africa) DECEASED

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