Biscayne National Park 80.15W
Artist Xavier Cortada’s “Endangered World” is an installation exhibited at Biscayne National Park as part of the park’s Community Artists Program, a conceptualization of global biodiversity loss. The installation features 360 brightly colored flags lining Convoy Point’s roads and trails, each flag designed by local individuals and organizations across South Florida with the intent of representing a specific endangered or threatened animal. The flags all represent a respective one degree of the earth’s longitude, each animal on the flags foundat the specific longitude their flag represents.
The exhibition of this project also included participants pledging to an eco-action intended to mitigate the plight of a specific animal found on a chosen flag. Partnering with the “Endangered World” installation was the exhibition of “80.15 W”, a collection of 17 somber works on paper that feature the 17 threatened and endangered species that call Biscayne National Park home, the title of the exhibition referencing the specific longitude point at which Biscayne National Park is located. The “80.15 W” pieces were created using reused carbon paper, a reference to the impact of the“carbon footprint” humans have left on animals and ecosystems around the world.
To learn more about the artist’s “Endangered World” project, please visit https://endangeredworld.org