“Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines and Underwater HOA“
a solo exhibition premiering works created in Antarctica in 2007
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Exhibit runs from November 8, 2018 through January 13, 2018
Artist Meet and Greet
Join us: “Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines and Underwater HOA” a solo exhibition by Xavier Cortada, premiering works created in Antartica in 2007.
Thursday, November 8, 2018 (7 – 10 pm)
- Celebrate Art Miami Week:
Thursday, November 29, 2018 (6:30 – 10 pm)
- Pinecrest Gardens Farmers Market: Distribution of Underwater Markers:
Sunday, December 2, 2018 (10am – 5 pm)
- Underwater HOA Meeting:
Wednesday, January 9, 2019, (7 – 10 pm).
Presented by the Village of Pinecrest and the League of Conservation Voters with Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER, University of Miami Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, FIU Sea Level Solutions Center, Eyes on the Rise and the Miami New Media Festival.
About the Exhibition
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 “Antarctic Ice Paintings” using glacier ice, sea ice, and sediment samples provided to him by McMurdo LTER scientists working in Antarctica.
“Global Coastlines,” a series comprised of all of the artist’s Antarctic works on paper which had not yet been titled (and had never been shown) will be premiered and named at Pinecrest Gardens. One is titled “Antarctica,” another “Pinecrest, Florida.” The remaining sixty works will be titled for another 60 global communities threatened by Antarctica’s melting glaciers and sea level rise. The exhibition is part of a broader participatory art project aimed at engaging residents in a conversation about the future of their properties.
The exhibition will also serve to launch the Underwater HOA, participatory public art project the artist is implementing to engage residents from across Miami-Dade County in addressing sea level rise. Learn more at www.underwaterHOA.com or scroll down
Read more about the exhibition at: https://deliciousline.org/review/348
Xavier Cortada: Antarctic Ice Paintings
Reviewed by Elisa Turner
I travelled to Antarctica in 2006 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Antarctic Artist and Writers Program fellow. There, I created a series of works on paper by melting ice samples scientists gave me from their research on how human impacts on global climate are melting the Antarctic glaciers.
“Underwater HOA“ depicts South Florida’s vulnerability to those melting glaciers: the Village of Pinecrest will encourage its residents to install an “Underwater HOA” marker on their front lawn during the first week of December 2018. The marker will display how many feet of melting glacial water must rise before their property is underwater. I numbered each yard sign from 0 to 17 feet, the land elevation range for the 6,000 houses in the Village. The signs’ backdrop show the watercolor paintings I made in Antarctica by melting ice from the very glaciers that threaten to melt and drown Miami.
By mapping the crisis to come, I make the invisible visible. Block by block, house by house, neighbor by neighbor, I want to make the future impact of sea level rise something no longer possible to ignore.
My socially-engaged environmental art practice aims to help address the problem at hand: As part of the effort, I will charter a homeowner’s association where members are organized by property elevation–the most important metric any coastal community need consider. By asking participants to join Underwater HOA, I engage my neighbors as problem-solvers who will learn together and work together now to plan and better prepare (themselves and their heirs) for the chaos to come.
– Xavier Cortada
a participatory art project by Xavier Cortada will be launched during the opening of the artist’s
solo exhibition premiering works he created in Antarctica in 2006-2007 at
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Exhibit runs from November 8, 2018 through January 13, 2018
“Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines and Underwater HOA” a solo exhibition by Xavier Cortada, premiering works created in Antartica in 2007.
- Artist meet and greet, Thursday, November 8, 2018 (7-10pm)
- Artist meet and greet with Consular Corps for naming of “Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines” series, Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:30 -10:00 p.m.
- Pinecrest Day: Distribution of Underwater Markers and Artist Meet and Greet, Sunday, Dec 2, 10 am – 5:00 p.m.
- Underwater HOA Meeting, Thursday, January 9, 2019, 7- 10:00 p.m.
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 “Antarctic Ice Paintings” using glacier ice, sea ice, and sediment samples provided to him by scientists working in Antarctica. “Global Coastlines,” a series of comprised of all of the artist’s Antarctic works on paper which had not yet been titled (and had never been shown) will be premiered and named at Pinecrest Gardens. One is titled “Antarctica,” another will be titled “Pinecrest.” The remaining sixty works will be titled for another 60 global communities threatened by sea level rise. The exhibition is part of a broader participatory art project aimed at engaging residents in a conversation about the future of their properties.
NNMF Organizations Sponsors and Partners
With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.
LTER All Scientists’ Meeting | Next Generation Synthesis: Successes and Strategies
Workshop: Integration of the Environmental Sciences, Arts, and Humanities Across the LTER Network
The integration of environmental science, arts, and humanities (eSAH) is flourishing across the LTER network, where it is being applied to enhance outreach/education activities as well as fundamental inquiry with the aspirational goal of helping society overcome the social-ecological grand challenges of today.
During this workshop organized by Bonanza Creek LTER’s Dr. Mary Beth Leigh ( University of Alaska Fairbanks), scientists will:
a) share examples of varying eSAH activities from across the LTER network through brief presentations from artists, scientists, and organizers,
b) report on research assessing the impacts of eSAH activities on audiences and their value to LTER,
c) analyze the range and extent of interdisciplinary integration currently being achieved through different programmatic models, and
d) develop an action plan for organizing, communicating, and expanding the growing network of LTER eSAH programs.
Xavier Cortada will serve as special guest artist/speaker to present on his work as artist in residence at the following LTER sites:
- Florida Coastal Everglades LTER (Florida)
- H J Andrews LTER (Oregon)
- Hubbard Brook LTER (New Hampshire)
Welcoming the 2018 Seasons… Fall Equinox
Please join us for the performance of the Longitudinal Installation as we greet each new season
Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 10:30am
11000 SW 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL 33156
The participatory art piece captures voices from 24 individual across the globe who have been impacted by Climate Change.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more info call 305-669-6990 or visit
Learn more at www.longitudinalinstallation.org
The Longitudinal Installation at In the Garden Pinecrest Gardens: Cortada created the Longitudinal Installation in the South Pole in 2007 and in the North Pole in 2008. During both visits, Cortada placed 24 shoes in a circle, each aligned across 24 longitudes. He stopped in front of each of his longitudinal shoe markers and read a quote aloud that revealed a person’s experience with climate change from that part of the world. His artistic ritual illustrated how everyone in the world has been profoundly impacted by climate change.
In the Garden:
The South Pole’s Longitudinal Installation has been replicated as a ceramic sculpture on permanent exhibit at Pinecrest Gardens. This participatory art installation invites visitors to recite the 24 quotes, as Cortada did at both ends of the world.
To perform the ritual, stand behind the show marked with zero degrees and face the red and white pole as you read the first quote. (You can find the quotes online at www.longitudinalinstallation.org.) Then, move clockwise, stopping at each marked shoe to read its respective quote. Upon completion, stand just to the right of the 75 degree West shoe (if you live in Florida) and recite a 25th quote: Your own quote!
25th quote: How has climate change impacted your environment?
If you perform the ritual, we invite you to document the performance with photos and video, and upload it to www.longitudinalinstallation.org
Greeting each new season
2017 Winter Solstice performance: Thursday Dec 21, 2017 at 10:30 am
- 2018 Spring Equinox performance: Tuesday March 20, 2018 at 10:30 am
- 2018 Summer Solstice performance: Thursday June 21, 2018 at 10:30 am
- 2018 Fall Equinox performance: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 10:30 am
- 2018 Winter Solstice performance: Friday Dec 21, 2018 at 10:30 am
Aside from his ongoing Florida is Nature project and the Longitudinal Installation, Pinecrest Gardens artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada is creating other permanent participatory art projects and ritualistic installations onsite at Pinecrest Gardens, South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park.
To schedule an environmental art-based field trip for your classroom or co-op, please contact Lacey Bray, educational programs coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 SW 57th Avenue, Pinecrest, FL.
Physicist and artist to informally discuss the banners depict the five experiments that led to the Nobel prize-winning discovery of the Higgs boson particle
JOIN US: Meet and greet artist Xavier Cortada and special guest physicist Pete Markowitz on September 16, 2018 from 10:00 AM to noon.
Both will be speaking about their collaboration at 11:00 AM.
Replicas of the banners will be on display at
Historic Entrance Gallery
11000 Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Exhibition runs thru October 3, 2018
SCIENCE ARTIST XAVIER CORTADA’S FAMED BANNERS open for exhibition SEPTEMBER 13 AT MUSEUM AT PRAIRIEFIRE
Banners depict the five experiments that led to the Nobel prize-winning discovery of the Higgs boson particle
On September 13, world-renowned artist Xavier Cortada will open an exhibition of his famed banners, which depict the five experiments used to make the Nobel prize-winning discovery of the Higgs boson particle. Cortada’s exhibition will open at the Museum at Prairiefire’s Sprint Gallery at 10 a.m. September 13 and remain on display through the end of year.
Nicknamed “the God particle,” the Higgs boson imbues all other particles with mass. Its discovery in mid-2012, half a century after it was first hypothesized, culminated the work of 182 universities and institutes in 42 countries and helped confirm the Standard Model of Physics. Identifying the Higgs required the most complex machine ever built, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
Cortada’s five original banners, created digitally, are permanently installed at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics research center, in Geneva, Switzerland. They hang below ground, directly above the LHC where the Higgs boson particle was found. The prints that will be on display at the Museum at Prairiefire help connect visitors to the place and time of the particle’s discovery.
Working with Cortada, the Museum at Prairiefire is adding scientific content to the banner exhibition and developing an exhibit that will travel to public venues in other cities. The exhibition represents the Museum’s recent foray into creating its own content. Development of other traveling exhibitions are in the works, as well.
“Science is my muse,” Cortada said. “The detection of the Higgs boson was intricate and multilayered, and so are the artworks I created. Stained glass references the LHC as a modern-day cathedral that helps us understand the universe and shape our new worldview. The oil painting technique honors those who came before us, the repetition of motifs across the five works celebrates internationalism and rendering the work as ‘banners’ marks this as a monumental event.
“Most importantly, the background for the banners honors the scientific collaboration. It is composed of words from the pages of 383 joint publications and the names of more than 4,000 scientists, engineers and technicians. With this piece, I wanted to create art from the very words, charts, graphs and ideas of this coalition of thinkers. It is my hope these banners will inspire future generations of physicists to continue to move humanity forward.”
Xavier Cortada’s science art practice is oriented toward social engagement and the environment. At CERN, Cortada worked with a physicist to develop a site-specific art installation capturing the five search strategies used to discover the Higgs boson particle. The five giant banners hang at the location (more than 300 feet below ground) where the particle was discovered.
Cortada often collaborates with scientists in his art-making, and has worked with groups globally to produce numerous joint art projects, including environmental installations at the North Pole and South Pole, peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa and eco-art projects in Taiwan and Holland.
Cortada has created art for the White House, the World Bank, the Museum of Florida History, the Florida Botanical Gardens, Miami City Hall, the Frost Art Museum, Miami-Dade County Hall, the Miami Science Museum, Port Everglades and the Florida Turnpike. A Miamian, he is artist-in-residence at Pinecrest Gardens, south Florida’s cultural arts park. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, a master’s degree from the Miami Business School and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
MUSEUM AT PRAIRIEFIRE
The Museum at Prairiefire, located in Overland Park, Kansas, is committed to innovative learning in science, the arts and natural history. Through a founding collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, as well as with other U.S. cultural and educational institutions, the Museum at Prairiefire provides access to all to understand and celebrate natural history, the arts and science in our region and around the world. The Museum engages visitors and students of all ages with world-class exhibitions, important programming, and significant educational and STEAM opportunities. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For additional information, the public may call (913) 333-3500 or visit the Museum’s website at visitthemap.org.
Endangered World: Biscayne National Park
a solo exhibition by
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Join us in welcoming special guest Gary Bremen, Biscayne National Park Ranger during our opening reception on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from noon to 2pm.
Exhibition runs through August 8, 2018 through September 3, 2018
Exhibition celebrates the celebrates the 50th anniversary of Biscayne National Park
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. (Learn more at http://endangeredworld.org/biscayne-national-park)
80.15 W: In contrast to the exuberance of the outdoor installation is 80.15 W inside the Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery. Here, Cortada has created 17 somber works on paper that feature the 17 threatened and endangered species that call Biscayne National Park home. The exhibit is titled for the longitude where the Visitor Center sits to tie it in to the larger installation outside. The pieces were created using reused carbon paper, a metaphor for the impact (or “carbon footprint”) that humans have had on that animal. (Learn more at https://cortada.com/2010/80.15W)
Biscayne National Park:
In 1968, plans for southern Biscayne Bay included a major petrochemical plant necessitating digging a 40-foot deep channel across the bay for 7 miles in an area that naturally averages 6-8 feet deep. That channel was to conyinue beyond the northern Keys, through the shallow coral reefs, out to deep water. At the same time, plan were afoot to establish the City of Islandia, consisting of the northernmost islands of the Florida Keys (those north of Key Largo). The city was to include single-family and high rise living, bridges, streets, an amusement park and more. A small, but vocal and incredibly persistent, group of citizens fought these plans, and proposed the creation of a national park unlike any other…one covered mostly by water. Fifty years later, 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.
The park preserves Biscayne Bay and its offshore barrier reefs. Ninety-five percent of the park is water, and the shore of the bay is the location of an extensive mangrove forest. The park covers 172,971 acres (69,999 ha) and includes Elliott Key, the park’s largest island and first of the true Florida Keys, formed from fossilized coral reef. The park is home to an incredible diversity of animals and plants including over 600 native fish, neo-tropical water birds and migratory habitat, and threatened and endangered species including sea turtles, manatees, the Schaus’ swallowtail butterfly and Florida semaphore cactus. Some animals and plants are in the northern limits of their ranges.Biscayne National Park is a very diverse place. Four distinct ecosystems melt into one another creating rich edge communities or “ecotones.” These edges support an incredible array of wildlife, including hundreds of species of colorful fish, plants found nowhere else in the United States, and visitor favorites like pelicans, manatees and sea turtles. Winds, currents, storms and the park’s close proximity to one of the nation’s largest urban areas means that the entire park is in a constant state of flux — ever-changing in the face of new challenges posed by the constant cycle of building and destruction. (Learn more about Biscayne National Park at https://www.nps.gov/bisc/index.htm)
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.
As the Arctic Melts …
an artist’s talk by
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Pinewood Cultural Center Auditorium
12211 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL 33778
The lecture is presented in conjunction with the presentation of the artist’s
90N: North Pole Installations exhibition across the way at
Gallery Creative Pinellas
12211 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL 33778
Exhibition runs June 29, 2018 through September 2, 2018
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 will be able to 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.”
About the Artist
Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for CERN, the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, Port Everglades, Florida’s Turnpike, the Museum of Florida History, the Frost Science Museum and Miami-Dade Children’s Courthouse. Locally, his work is in the permanent collection of the Frost Art Museum, PAMM and the NSU Art Museum of Ft. Lauderdale. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Geneva and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Taiwan and Holland. His studio is located in Pinecrest Gardens. For more information please visit www.cortada.com
About Creative Pinellas
At Creative Pinellas our mission is to facilitate a vibrant, integrated, collaborative and sustainable Pinellas County Arts Community and cultural destination. We strive to be the premier Local Arts Agency, recognized locally and globally for our contribution to arts and culture. We are focused on creating vibrant communities; supporting artists, arts organizations and the creative community; supporting economic development; showcasing Pinellas County as a cultural destination, and making arts and creative expression and experience available to all. As the County’s Local Arts Agency, Creative Pinellas and the programs we deliver are funded by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Visit St Petersburg / Clearwater, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and by sales of the State of the Arts specialty license plate in Pinellas County.