The show takes a look at the planet’s capacity to adapt and resist changes to environmental conditions. We are offered the ethereal sculpture of Water Bear from the artistic collective Limelight, staged for the first time in Italy thanks to support from the Hungarian Academy in Rome in partnership with Flyer Communication. This mysterious sculpture is a large-scale depiction of a microscopic invertebrate, the tardigrade or water bear, in reality no more than 1.5 millimetres high, that has a highly developed capacity to survive in extreme conditions. Guarding the Giardino degli Aranci, transformed for the festival into the Giardino d’Inverno, this ancient creature brings us its testimony from the dawn of time: from the Antarctic to the ocean depths to the frozen peaks of the Himalayas, this surprising organism hides in its spellbinding form the secret of its capacity to survive climatic conditions that would be lethal for almost all other animals.


By Azienda Speciale Palaexpo


A collective of Hungarian artists who have created 3D projections, sculptures and light installations for more than 15 years.
Limelight has been on the European scene since urban art and video mapping began, and today it takes centre stage at many international festivals, where it experiments with new ways of exciting the public and making people reflect through the use of light. The collective’s artists alternate between creative activities and teaching, cultivating young talent with the Limelight Academy Program and curating its own festival.