Xavier Cortada will exhibit 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.
Scientists—and artists—can determine the past salinity of water by examining the glass 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.
- Miami Light Project presents Xavier Cortada’s “Oath” (with the participation of Former U.S. Attorney Marcos D. Jimenez) on January 20 (Inauguration Day) @ 11:30 am in the Miami-Dade Main Library
- 15th Annual Miami MarathonDowntown Miami on January 29
- FIU School of Environment, Art and Society presents a panel on Why Plants in Glass Houses Matter: Art & Science of Diatoms, Microscopic Algae at Naples Botanical Garden on February 13 @ 10:00 am
During the Diatoms exhibit opening reception, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy invites attendees to imagine the effects of sea level rise on South Florida and write letters to future Floridians in Cortada’s “Do Not Open” piece.