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Reclaim the North Pole with Native Flags: 

As the Arctic sea ice melts, nations clamor to raise their flags over newly open waters to claim the natural resources that lie beneath them - oil, manganese, diamonds, fish - and to control shipping lanes.  Meanwhile, rising sea levels threaten the world below.  

On June 29th, 2008, Miami artist Xavier Cortada arrived at the North Pole and planted a green flag to "reclaim it for nature.”  Click here to see video. 

Cortada created this NYFA sponsored artist (see Artspire page) project to engage people globally to help slow the polar thaw: Participants plant a native tree next to a green flag at home and ask their neighbors to do the same. 

Reforestation reduces the greenhouse gases that cause global climate change. 

During December 3-6, 2009ecoartspace presented Native Flags at the Verge Art Fair in Miami Beach, Florida.

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.


 Reclamation Project

 NYFA sponsored-artist participatory eco-art projects


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