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Surrender the White Flags (in Murmansk, Russia)
South Pole Installation (90S) | North Pole Installation (90N)

North Pole Installation:
Surrender the White Flag

360 White Flags

Russian custom officials in Murmansk did not allow Cortada to enter the flags for the Endangered World installation into the country.

Although they were told the flags were to be used for an environmental art project in the North Pole, the officials insisted that customs rules prohibited them from entering the country.

On June 24th, 2008, after spending over two hours in customs office, Cortada boarded the icebreaker at Murmansk without the flags.  By the time he arrived at 90 degrees North on June 29th,  he had developed an alternative way of reclaiming the North Pole for nature and the 360 endangered species in the world below. 


FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
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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