August 2018 – Endangered World Exhibition

Endangered World:

Biscayne National Park


80.15 W

a solo exhibition
Xavier Cortada
Hibiscus Gallery
Pinecrest Gardens
11000 SW 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Exhibition runs August 8 – September 3, 2018
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Join us!

  Sunday, August 12, 2018
from noon to 2pm
Meet the artist
and listen to special guest 
Gary Bremen
Biscayne National Park Ranger

Biscayne National Park celebrates its Golden Anniversary as the largest marine park in the National Park System, protecting mangrove forests, shallow bay waters, the undeveloped Florida Keys, coral reefs and evidence of 10,000 years of human history, all within sight of downtown Miami.

Endangered World: Biscayne National Park:
Conceptualized by Cortada, the outdoor installation features 360 brightly colored flags lining Convoy Point’s roads and trails for over a mile.
Each flag represents one degree of the planet’s longitude, and 360 individuals and organizations from throughout South Florida decorated the flags with an image of an endangered or threatened animal that lives at that longitude. Participants also committed to an “eco-action” that directly or indirectly mitigates the plight of that animal.
80.15 W:  
Titled for Biscayne Bay’s longitude, “80.15 W” features the 17 threatened and endangered species that call Biscayne National Park (in Miami, FL) home. In 2010, Cortada created the drawings on carbon paper, a metaphor for the impact (or “carbon footprint”) that humans have had on that animal, even across the boundaries of protected nature preserve. The carbon paper originals were premiered at the national park’s gallery and are in the permanent collection of NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Current Exhibition:

a solo exhibition
Xavier Cortada
on the 10th anniversary of his
art installations at the North Pole
Creative Pinellas Gallery
12211 Walsingham Road 
Largo, FL 33778 
Exhibition runs: 
June 29 to September 2, 2018
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Ten years ago, Cortada’s ice breaker easily pushed through the then-thinning polar ice, surprising the crew at its early arrival in the North Pole. Arctic warming has since continued melting sea ice at frightening speed:  “Within two decades” stated the artist, “I could repeat the journey on a sailboat, because scientists tell us the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free during summer. Global Climate Change will not just melt the Arctic, it will irrevocably change the world below.”
“I bring this exhibition to the people of Florida to draw the alarming connection between the Arctic and our peninsula,” said Cortada. “Melting ice will have catastrophic effects across our state and weaken the Gulf Stream. Arctic warming will lead to sea level rise, more coastal flooding, prolonged heatwaves, relentless rain, stalled tropical storms, extreme weather and more intense fire seasons.”

Upcoming Exhibition:

The Reclamation Project,
Xavier Cortada’s mangrove reforestation eco-art project,
to be featured in
“Endangered Species:
Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity”
a group exhibition curated by
Barbara Matilsky
Curator of Art
Whatcom Museum  
121 Prospect Street 
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity presents 80 works of art in all media, from rare books to cutting-edge video, that span the 19th through 21st centuries. It highlights artists who celebrate biodiversity’s exquisite complexity, interpret natural and human-induced extinctions of plants and animals, and focus on endangered species from diverse ecosystems. The exhibition explores art’s historic role in raising public awareness about the human activities that threaten habitats. Weaving together art, natural science, and conservation, Endangered Species also features creative solutions by ecological artists who revitalize habitats and reconnect people to the rich tapestry of life.