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Xavier Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created “ice paintings” using 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.

schwarzenegger-x-cristFlorida 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.


Exhibits and Collections:

– 30 Years on the Road: ArtCenter | South Florida, Miami, FL

– Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775 – 2012Glenbow Museum, Calagry, Canada

– Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775 – 2012, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas

– Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775 – 2012 at the Whatcom Museum

– “Antarctic Ice Paintings” exhibit in Key Largo

– Cortada’s “Antarctic Ice Paintings” in 2011 UM Alumni Art Exhibit

– Weather Report:
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder Colorado

– North and South Pole Installations by Xavier Cortada:
Miami Science Museum, Miami, FL

-Adaptation:
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

– SUSTAINABLE?
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

– “AntARcTica: Collected Works from the Bottom of the World”
Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD

– Polar Attractions
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

– South Pole Installations by Xavier Cortada
Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Gallery


Governor Schwarzenegger’s ice painting:
ninnus

Using water from the melting Antarctic ice cap to make art is an ingenious way to draw people’s attention to one of the most important issues of our time, and in addition, it’s a beautiful painting. I’ll display it proudly.

–Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Artist: Xavier Cortada
Title: ninnus
Medium: Ice from the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet, sediment from Antarctica’s Dry Valleys and mixed media on paper
Size: 12 inches x 9 inches
Year: 2007
Created onsite at McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica


Governor Crist’s ice painting:
widerøe

Thank you so much for sharing with me your Widerøe ice painting. What an extraordinary painting.

— Charlie Crist

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Artist: Xavier Cortada
Title: widerøe
Medium: Ice from the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet, sediment from Antarctica’s Dry Valleys and mixed media on paper
Size: 12 inches x 9 inches
Year: 2007
Created onsite at McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica


Cortada created the ice paintings in Antarctica by melting ice from the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet. The governors’ leadership in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions in their states will help reduce the likelihood that this ice sheet will melt thereby causing sea levels to rise, destroying fragile ecosystems and displacing millions from their homes along the coastlines of Florida and California.

In gratitude for their leadership, Cortada presented each of the governors with one of his Antarctic ice paintings at the Florida Summit on Global Climate Change. Governor Crist convened the summit in Miami during July 12th -13th, 2007 to engage state, regional, national and international leaders, as well as significant members of the business and environmental communities, in a discussion to explore opportunities for advancing the global climate change agenda and for adopting specific climate action plans. To learn more please visit www.myfloridaclimate.com.