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Event Photos: Gallery for ECHO Residency at Bishop Museum (Honolulu, Hawaii)
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The piece was inspired by Cortada's visit to University of Hawaii Professor Ku’ulei Rodger's lab in Coconut Island where the artist saw her researchers conducting experiments on the survival rates of freezing of coral. In the lab were pools filled with samples resting on square blocks; they were being tested to see which specimens would survive and make it into a "Coral Bank." Future generations could thaw Dr. Roger's specimens and use them to reharvest Hawaii's coast after ocean acidification and an increase in ocean temperature due to climate change has depleted them of all live coral, reef systems and the ecosystems that rely on them.

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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