Xavier Cortada created "Endangered World: Life
Wall" using 360 red bricks along with stones deposited in the
Netherlands by glacial forces during the last ice age.
The work is a
2.1m x 8.5m wall created near the nation's largest neolithic gravesite
at the Hunebed Center in Borger (http://www.hunebedcentrum.nl/).
The 360 bricks represent 360 animals struggling for survival across 360
On each brick, Cortada painted the longitude where each animal
lives. When a species dies out, the number is painted black. The
animals are part of an interconnected web that includes humans. How
many bricks can be removed before the wall of life comes tumbling down?
the Funnel Beaker people built their hunebeds in 3500 B.C., none of the
360 animals featured in "Endangered World: Life Wall” were in peril.
Because of global climate change, most are threatened with extinction
by the century’s end. Human survival is ultimately dependent on the
preservation of the planet's biodiversity.
This work invites
viewers to "adopt” these endangered animals and become engaged in
conservation efforts. For more information, please click here
Cortada's work in the
Netherlands is presented by Natuurkunst Drenthe (see
). The artist was a participant in the
Symposium Kunst- en natuurwandeling OverLeven - 2009.
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
Black Rhinocerous (Diceros bicornis)
Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus)