North Pole/South Pole (90n/90s) Installations
Miami based artist Xavier Cortada has created art installations at the Earth's poles to generate awareness about global climate change: In 2007, the artist used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years. In 2008, he planted a green flag at North Pole to reclaim it for nature and in so doing launched a global reforestation eco-art effort. Replicas and artifacts from these installations, as well as other artworks, will soon be on exhibition at the Miami Science Museum.
Cortada has also developed participatory art projects to engage communities in local action at points in between. In Florida, he has worked with scientists, arborists and environmental managers to develop eco-art projects that engage community residents in bioremediation, including: coastal reforestation efforts in Miami (2006) and an urban reforestation campaign in St. Petersburg (2009).
Cortada has also worked with groups across the world to produce numerous collaborative art projects, including peace murals in Cyprus (2000) and Northern Ireland (2000), child welfare murals in Bolivia (1997) and Panama (1999), AIDS murals in Geneva (1998) and South Africa (2000).The Miami artist has also been commissioned to create art for the White House (2002), the World Bank (2003), the Florida Supreme Court (2004), the Florida Governor's Mansion (2007), Miami City Hall (2005), Miami-Dade County Hall (2004), Miami Art Museum (2001), the Museum of Florida History (2003) and the Frost Art Museum (2008).Corporations such as General Mills, Nike, Heineken and Hershey's have commissioned his art. Publishers like McDougal and Random House have featured it in school textbooks and publications.
Cortada, who was born in Albany, New York and grew up in Miami, holds degrees from the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Business and School of Law.
For more information visit www.cortada.com
Throughout all of MiaSci will be the new exhibition, Energy Tracker, an interconnected trail of hands-on interactive stations that explore everything from basic energy principles to the future of renewable energy. Visitors will grab their ticket, select a line to follow, and visit stations along their route to track and identify different forms of energy. At the final stop, there’s a prize for each completed ticket!
Stations in Energy Tracker feature many new additions to MiaSci. The Energy Dance Floor, the first of its kind in the U.S., captures energy from dancing and converts it to electricity to light up the floor. A separate mini-floor with a thermal camera has a large screen display where dancers can see the heat they are generating while they dance. Energy Tracker also includes four new table-top, hands-on interactives where visitors explore wind energy, batteries, food energy, and the carbon footprint of their lifestyle. At an outdoor station, visitors can try the Human YoYo, a new exhibit that demonstrates the workings of a flywheel by rocketing visitors high in the air. Nearby, the Giant Lever makes the physics of simple machines larger than life as visitors use the 30-foot long device to lift weights they never thought possible.
How about wind? Miami has a lot of it and MiaSci is capturing that too! At over 20 foot high the vertical axis wind turbine, one of the first of it’s kind in the county, is visible before visitors even enter the building.
Energy Tracker has been developed as an exhibition that will continue to change and grow, with new lines and new stations opening in the near future. The exhibition is part of MiaSci’s ongoing effort to prepare for its new location in downtown Miami, where the largest exhibition will be the building itself; a showcase of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies.
Energy Tracker was made possible through support from the US Department of Energy and the City of Miami.