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"90N/90S: North Pole & South Pole Installations" at the Miami Science Museum
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6/1/2010 to 8/5/2011
When: 12/2/2010
Where: Miami Science Museum
3280 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida  33129
United States
Contact: Sean Duran, Vice President for Exhibits

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90N/90S: North Pole & South Pole Installations

Miami based artist Xavier Cortada has created art installations at the Earth's poles to generate awareness about global climate change:

In 2007, the artist used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years.

In 2008, he planted a green flag at North Pole to reclaim it for nature and launch a participatory eco-art project to help reforest the world below.

Replicas and artifacts from these installations, as well as other artworks, will soon be on exhibition at the Miami Science Museum.


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The South Pole Installations were sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.

The North Pole Installations were sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Sponsored Artists program.





MIAMI, Fla. – October 7, 2010 Miami Science Museum invites you to Xavier Cortada’s solo exhibit, "90N/90S: North Pole & South Pole Installations” at Miami Science Museum.

Cortada created art at the Earth’s poles to help address environmental issues at every point in between. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Art’s sponsored artists program, Cortada placed 24 shoes in a circle around the South and North Poles (in 2007 and 2008, respectively), each shoe serving as a proxy for a person affected by global climate change across 24 time zones.

Aside from the shoes, the exhibit features flags that were part of the original installations at opposite ends of the planet, as well as works on paper made by melting Antarctic ice. This is the first time that works from both polar installations are featured as part of one exhibit.


Xavier Cortada created installations at the Earth's poles to generate awareness about global climate change. The Miami artist has also developed participatory art projects to engage communities in local action at points in between. In Florida, he has worked with scientists, arborists and environmental managers to develop eco-art projects that engage community residents in bioremediation, including: coastal reforestation efforts in Miami and an urban reforestation campaign in St. Petersburg. He has also created eco-art interventions in Holland, Latvia, and Hawaii. 


The Miami Science Museum aims to make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring them to appreciate the impact that science and technology can have on every facet of our world. For over 60 years, MiaSci’s award-winning educational programs, family-focused exhibits, historic planetarium, and rehabilitative Wildlife Center and Clinic have enriched locals and tourists alike. In 2014, the legacy continues, as MiaSci will be moving to a new world-class, state-of-the-art facility designed by Grimshaw Architects in the heart of downtown Miami. The Museum will remain operational at its current location on South Miami Avenue until completion of the new building. MiaSci is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information about the Museum and our New Museum project, visit or call (305) 646-4200.


Miami Science Museum is located at 3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129. The Museum is open every day from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Admission is free for MiaSci members and children under 3; students (with valid ID), seniors (62+) and children 3 – 12, $10.95; adults are $14.95. Parking is free.


Miami Science Museum is funded with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.



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Florida International University
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420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.


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