Xavier Cortada
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"Xavier Cortada created a series of extensive installations on his Antarctic visit, focusing on the crucial element of time. The Florida native cast an ice replica of a Mangrove seedling that is very slowly making its way over 150,000 years to the coastline. In contrast, he marked the mere 50-year history of human presence at the South Pole with chronological flags stretching across the frozen land."

Lucy R. Lippard

Weather Report exhibition catalog, 

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007.



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Xavier Cortada created art at the Earth Poles to generate environmental at point in between: In 2007, the artist used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Poleas an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years.  In 2008, Cortada planted a green flag at North Pole to encourage reforestation in the world below.

The Miami artist has worked with groups globally to produce numerous collaborative art projects, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia andPanama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa, and eco-art projects inTaiwanHawaiiHolland and Latvia.

Cortada often collaborates with scientists in his art-making:  Cortada used samples (and inspiration) provided by researchers in Antarctica to create his National Science Foundation-sponsored works there.  He has also worked with a population geneticist on a project exploring our ancestral journeys out of Africa 60,000 years ago, and with a molecular biologist to synthesize an actual DNA strand made from a sequence randomly generated by participants visiting his museum exhibit.

Cortada has also been commissioned to create art for the White House, theWorld Bank, the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Governor's Mansion,Florida Botanical GardensMiami City HallMiami-Dade County Hall, the Miami Art Museum, the Miami Science Museum,  Museum of Florida History, and the Frost Art Museum.

Corporations such as General MillsNikeHeineken and Hershey's have commissioned his art. Publishers like McDougal and Random House have featured it in school textbooks and publications. His work has also been featured in National Geographic TV and the Discovery Channel.

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.

Cortada serves as Artist-in-Residence and heads the Office of Engaged Creativity at Florida International University's (FIU) College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA).

Cortada at CERN's CMS Experiment

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