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Xavier Cortada builds the “Endangered World: Life Wall” using 360 red bricks marking the longitude of endangered species and stones deposited in the Netherlands by glacial forces during the last ice age.

Engaged Projects

  • Genetic Markers” – Depicting the route the first wave of humans took out of Africa across the Asian coastline to Australia and beyond (inspired by the field work of FIU geneticist Dr. Rene Herrera for the 2009 Fondation Derouin Symposium: Paths and Traces, Val David, Canada).
  • Hanging Gardens” – Removing exotic invasive species from our local ecosystems and turning them into art (exhibited at the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s main gallery, Miami, FL)

Public Art Commissions


  • Paths and Traces/Chemins et Tracés, Fondation Derouin – Symposium 2009, Les Jardins du Précambrien, Val-David, Quebec, Canada
  • Natuurkunst Drenthe Hunebedcentrum (Neolithic Graves Museum), Borger, The Netherlands

Group Exhibitions

  • 2009 Water: Three States (featuring: “Reclamation Project”), Auburn University Art Gallery, Auburn, AL
  • 2009  Polar Identity (featuring “The Markers” and “150,000-Year Journey”), Works Gallery, San Jose, CA
  • 2009 Freedom of Expression (featuring: “articulo XIII”), Miami-Dade College InterAmerican Campus, Miami, FL
  • 2009 Monitoring Art (featuring: “Infecundas), O Cinema, Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL
  • 2009 Antarctica: Collection from the Bottom of the World (featuring:  “Arctic Ice Paintings,” “Native Flags,” “Endangered World,” “Longitudinal Installation,” and “North Pole Dinner Party,”, Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD
  • 2009  Sustainable?, Central Connecticut State University Gallery, New Britain, CT

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2009 Verge Art Fair (featuring: “Native Flags”), The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, Miami Beach, FL
  • 2009    The Reclamation Project (featuring: “The Reclamation Project”), Martin County Courthouse Cultural Center, Stuart, FL

Events, Lectures, Installations and Presentations