South Pole

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. Through this fellowship, Cortada strived to create art in Antarctica to demonstrate how interconnected we as people are to each other and to our planet.

“Xavier Cortada created a series of extensive installations on his Antarctic visit, focusing on the crucial element of time. The Florida native cast an ice replica of a Mangrove seedling that is very slowly making its way over 150,000 years to the coastline. In contrast, he marked the mere 50-year history of human presence at the South Pole with chronological flags stretching across the frozen land.”

Lucy R. Lippard
“Weather Report” exhibition catalog
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Longitudinal Installation: 90S
(2007)

Endangered World: 90S
(2007)

The Markers
(2007)

150,000 Year Journey
(2007)

Homage to Shackleton
(2007)

Antarctic Ice Paintings
(2007)