Anastatica Sensibile is an interactive installation devised by the Italian artist Daniela Di Maro. It was realized with the collaboration of SAL in 2012.
The Selaginella Lepidophylla plant, more commonly called Rose of Jericho, it is a species of desert plant noted for its ability to survive in almost complete desiccation. During dry weather in its native habitat, its stems curl into a tight ball. However it can be revived with only a little water. In Anastatica Sensibile the irrigation of 45 Roses of Jericho is controlled by an interactive system that monitors the number of people around the installation audience and allows watering only when it significantly increases. In addition, each plant was applied a LED that indicates which plant is being watered.
The work was realized for the first edition of “Un’Opera per il Castello 2011” competition promoted by the St. Elmo castle in Naples, Italy.