Cortada traveled by icebreaker to place 360 flags in a circle around the North Pole, each flag was to depict the name of one of 360 endangered animals. By planting the flags, Cortada was to reclaim the North Pole for nature and for our planet’s biodiversity across 360 degrees in the world below.
Unfortunately upon entering the icebreaker’s port city of Murmansk, the Russian Government confiscated Cortada’s 360 white flags.
Cortada installed the work at the North Pole as part of “90N,” a New York Foundation for the Arts sponsored artist project.
Artist: Xavier Cortada
Title: Endangered World (North Pole)
To learn about the 360 species featured in the work, please visit https://cortadaprojects.org/archives/xaviercortada/index.html%3FEW_species