Melting Polar ice caps will cause sea levels to rise,
destroying fragile ecosystems and displacing millions from their homes along
the coastlines across the globe.
On his journey to the North Pole Cortada will use melting
Arctic sea ice to create a series of "Arctic Ice Paintings" similar
to those he created in 2007 with melting Antarctic sea ice.
As National Science
Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship recepient, Cortada traveled to Antarctica in 2007
to implement a series of projects and installations.
Cortada created “ice paintings” using sea ice, glacier
and sediment samples provided to him by scientists
working in Antarctica. The artist titled the works on
paper by randomly selecting the names of geographic
features from a map of the continent that inspired their
creation. Please click on image to see ice paintings.
Governor Charlie Crist and California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger accept Antarctic "ice paintings" from artist
Xavier Cortada at the Florida Summit on Global Climate Change
in Miami on July 13, 2007.