Participatory Art Projects

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“My work aims to challenge us to find deeper meaning in our present lives by exploring the paths of those who came before us and our relationship to the natural world.

Through participatory art projects I utilize the power of art to engage the public in learning about and addressing community, educational, environmental, heath and social concerns.” 


–Xavier Cortada





Below is a list of some of Xavier Cortada‘s long-term participatory art projects.  Feel free to browse through them and participate!




Florida is Nature

In “Florida is Nature,” Xavier Cortada portrayed Florida’s environment to connect viewers with our state’s natural beauty. Now you can participate in “Florida Is Nature” by uploading your favorite image of Florida’s nature.




Endangered World

Xavier Cortada’s “Endangered World” has addressed global biodiversity loss through art installations at the South Pole (2007), North Pole (2008), Holland (2009) and Biscayne National Park (2010) and through online participatory art projects.



Flor 500

FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project created by Miami artist Xavier Cortada to commemorate Florida’s quincentennial in 2013. The project marks the importance of the moment when the history of our state changed forever and gives us a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago.




Longitudinal Installation

Xavier Cortada painted and placed 24 in a circle around the North and South Poles, each representing a person living in a different part of the world affected by climate change. The shoes were placed next to each other in their respective longitudes as a proxy for people in the world below. After positioning the shoes, Cortada went to each shoe and recited a statement from a person living in that longitude about how climate change affected or will affect them.




Native Flags

On June 29th, 2008, Miami artist Xavier Cortada arrived at the North Pole and planted a green flag to “reclaim it for nature.” Cortada created this NYFA sponsored artist project to engage people globally to help slow the polar thaw: Participants plant a native tree next to a green flag at home and ask their neighbors to do the same.