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The project is uncovering the wildlife in the Wadden Sea. By ebb when the surface of the sand is uncovered you see the traces after the swarm of life, which live buried in the sand of the mudflats like the Sandhopper, Shorecrab, Brittle Star, Kentish Plover, Houting, Lugworm, Crangon Crangon, and Alcon Blue here portrayed, not to mention other creatures like the Lagis Koreni, Starfish, Sea Stare, Sea Potato, Cockle, Mussel, Razor Clam, Peppery Furrow Shell, Conch, Mudsnail, Comma Shrimp, Plaice, Pied Avocets and the Deep-Snooted Pipefish.
The Wadden Sea as an ecological, symbiotic phenomenon is unique. Following this symbiotic line of thought this series of Wadden See Prayer Flags is inspired by the Tibetan buddhist prayer flag. It is believed that the energy from the images is spread by the wind and brings fortune to all who see them. Likewise these flags may spread the words of a mutual, sustainable existence.
The traditional prayer flag has at the center an image of the Wind Horse. On the four corners are images of a garuda, a dragon, a tiger, and a snow lion, which are the four sacred animals representing the four virtues of wisdom, strength, confidence, and joy.
The sacred animals are in the Wadden See Prayer Flags replaced by animal from the Wadden Sea. In the middle is a ”horse Shrimp” – the Crangon Crangon, which back in the days was fished from a horseback with a horse-drawn net in the shallow water. In the corners are a lugworm, a houting, a Kentish plover and an Alcon Blue butterfly.
The Alcon Blue lays its eggs on the flower buds of the Marsh Gentian, and the flowers become the first food source for this caterpillar. It feeds here 2–3 weeks, and then drops to the ground where it is adopted by the red ant, a Myrmica ant, that carries it back to the ant’s nest where it is fed all winter. In return the larva produces a sweet substance that is eaten by the ant — again an example of the symbiotic wonder of the Wadden Sea.
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