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Diatoms exhibit at Cortada Art Studio Gallery
January 19, 2017 - March 31, 2017
on exhibit at
Cortada Art Studio Gallery
Bird Road Art District
4664 SW 75th Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
By appointment: 305-858-1323
Xavier Cortada will be exhibiting a series of ceramic and tile works depicting diatoms.
Diatoms are single-celled organisms that live in the water and harness the power of the sun to convert CO2 into oxygen. Its glass shell, all that remains from the diatom, is used by scientists today to see what was as they research environmental issues crucial to the city in the century to come. Scientists—and artists—can determine the past salinity of water by examining the shells of diatoms preserved in sedimentary core samples. Each diatom species has a different salinity preference, so changes in the mixture of fresh and sea water (driven by sea level and changes in water management) can be inferred from past diatom remains.