90N (North Pole works) at Cortada Studio

Join us for the opening of 


an exhibition of works Cortada created at the North Pole in 2008


Cortada Studio at Pinecrest Gardens
Whilden-Carrier Cottage
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156

Opening: Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 10am to noon

Exhibition runs through October 31st (by appointment: 305-858-1323)



Ninety Degrees North (90N)

On June 29th, 2008, Xavier Cortada arrived at the North Pole (90N) to create ritualistic installations addressing global climate change and the melting polar caps. One of Cortada’s performances included a ritual where he fed his fellow travelers aboard a Russian icebreaker pieces of ice he collected at the North Pole, thereby integrating the North Pole into their very being. “I figured that if they ingested a piece of the North Pole, it would become part of them.” said Cortada. “The North Pole water molecules would be swirling through their bodies. The North Pole atoms would be incorporated into their very cells.  My sense was that after having North Pole communion, they would protect the North Pole. If nothing else, they would do so for self-preservation.”


Cortada also taped pieces of paper to the top deck of the icebreaker. He then placed North Pole sea ice and paint on the pieces of paper.  As the icebreaker made its way south from 90 degrees North, the ice melted and created his Arctic ice paintings. The North Pole works also included the reinterpretation of his 2007 South Pole (National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program) “Longitudinal Installation” and “Endangered World” ritualistic installations at the Earth’s northernmost point, and the launch of Native Flags, a participatory ecoart project to engage others in reforesting the world below. Cortada created art at the extreme ends of the planet to address issues of global climate change at every point in between.

As the Arctic Melts

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 may 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 heat waves, relentless rain, stalled tropical storms, extreme weather and more intense fire seasons.”





EU Climate Diplomacy Day | Naming of Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines

Xavier Cortada will participate in EU Climate Diplomacy Day.

On September 27, 2018, at the Storer Auditorium in the Miami Business School, the artist will engage the audience in his DO NOT OPEN performance, asking them to write letters to the future.  The artist will also invite five General Consuls to randomly select one of the 60 paintings the artist made by melting Antarctic ice  and name it after one of their own country’s coastal cities made vulnerable by the melting of that same Antarctic ice.  The five European consuls will be the first to randomly name the Global Coastlines series of the Antarctic Ice Paintings.  The remaining 55 works will be named at a ceremony in Pinecrest Gardens Hibiscus Gallery on November 29, 2018, see http://hibiscusgallery.com/about-2018-icepaintings.



For more information contact:

Axel Zeissig, Vice Consul, Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
100 N Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2200, Miami, FL 33132
Phone (305) 358-0290 ext. 585
Fax (305) 358-0307

“Florida is Nature” Artist Talks with Guest Scientists at Pinecrest Gardens

Xavier Cortada will be presenting monthly  Florida is Nature Artist Talks with Guest Scientists and interactive experiences at The Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens, where his studio is located.  In his capacity as artist-in-residence, Cortada implements his Florida is Nature participatory art program onsite.  Each month, Cortada will invite a different Florida International University School of Environment, Arts and Society research scientist as a special guest to join him in a public art science conversation and to discuss environmental issues and his/her work. The artist talks and interactive experiences are free with paid admission to the garden on the select dates below.  After the talk, visitors are invited to walk the garden and engage in the Florida is Nature participatory art project.



Pinecrest Gardens
FIU School of Environment, Arts & Society
FIU College of Communications, Architecture + The Arts

FIU Libraries
FIU Digital Library of the Caribbean

cordially invite you to join us for our monthly

Florida is Nature Artist Talk


Xavier Cortada


Hibiscus Gallery
Pinecrest Gardens

11000 S.W. 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL 33156


Talk is free with $5 admission to the Gardens.
After the talk, walk the garden and participate in “Florida is Nature.”  

The dates of the Florida is Nature art – science talks are:

Artist Talks 2017

Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 10:30a:
[FLORIDA IS… Cancelled due to Hurricane Irma]

Monday, October 16th, 2017 at 10:30a:

Tuesday, November 29th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS… Mangroves

Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS… Endangered Species

Artist Talks 2018

Wednesday, February 14th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS… Seagrasses

Wednesday, March 14th, 2017 at 10:30a

Wednesday, April 11th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS NATURE: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Wednesday, May 9th,2017 at 10:30a

The art-science talks and interactive experiences are free with paid admission to the garden on the select dates below.  After the talk, visitors are invited to walk the garden and engage in the Florida is Nature participatory art project.  The gallery is located at the entrance of Pinecrest Gardens – 11000 Red Rd, Pinecrest, FL 33156.  We also welcome community groups and high school students to attend the artist’s talks. If you are interested in scheduling a group for one of the dates below, please contact Lacey Bray, educational programs coordinator, at lbray@pinecrest-fl.gov or 305-669-6990 for more information.


Monthtly Florida is Nature artist talks and community programs are presented by: 

 Image above:
Xavier Cortada, “Puzzled Landscape: Florida is… Wildflowers” digital art, 2015

About Florida Is Nature

Conceptualized during Xavier Cortada‘s residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida, “Florida is…” is an evolving body of work that depicts the natural beauty of Florida. It asks Floridians to define their state by its natural environment, not by the edifices and man-made encroachments that displace nature.  Some “Florida is…” works hang as public art in public venues, admonishing viewers to find better ways to coexist with nature.

The project invites participants to capture and share their images and perspectives on the project’s online platform.

Xavier Cortada, “Luster (Diatoms series- high noon), archival ink on aluminum, 2015


“Florida Is…” by Xavier Cortada

Through Florida is Nature,”  Pinecrest Gardens artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada portrays Florida’s environment to connect viewers with our state’s natural beauty.  Come see the works on permanent display at the Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens.

You too can participate in “Florida is…”  Help others understand and appreciate Florida’s natural beauty.  Upload an image of your favorite animal, plant or place to www.floridaisnature.com and tell us why we should all care for it and strive to protect it.  We will share it on our website and social media.  We will also ask you to help us spread the word and get others to see that “Florida is… Nature.”


You can learn more about the artist by visiting www.cortada.com