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Ice Paintings: Understand the Art

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.

Florida 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. 

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.


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