A wheat grain's journey from crocodile belly in Singapore to Arctic vault

The grain of wheat was found in the stuffing of a 4.7m-long saltwater crocodile on display at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.
The grain of wheat was found in the stuffing of a 4.7m-long saltwater crocodile on display at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY
The single wheat grain that lay for over 100 years in the belly of the stuffed crocodile.
The single wheat grain that lay for over 100 years in the belly of the stuffed crocodile.PHOTO: COURTESY OF KEE YA TING
The grain was buried last month in a vault next to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a repository of about a million seeds, in the Arctic mountains.
The grain was buried last month in a vault next to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a repository of about a million seeds, in the Arctic mountains.PHOTO: CROP TRUST

A single, pristine grain of wheat that lay for more than 100 years in the belly of a stuffed crocodile in Singapore has found a final resting place, deep in the ground next to a seed vault in icy Norway, as part of an art exhibition.

Its circuitous journey from its place of origin - likely to have been India - to Singapore and beyond, and what it tells of the colonial history of this part of the world, has fascinated a group of artists working at the intersection of culture and nature since its discovery in May.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2019, with the headline 'Grain's journey from crocodile belly to Arctic vault'. Print Edition | Subscribe