Reclaim the North Pole with Native Flags
Video: Xavier Cortada, "Native Flags (North Pole), 4m10s, 2009.
On June 29, 2008, Xavier Cortada planted a green flag at the North Pole to reclaim it for nature. The NYFA sponsored artist project's video was premiered in by ecoartspace at the 2009 Verge Art Fair in Miami Beach, Florida.
As the Arctic sea ice melts, nations clamor to raise their flags over newly open waters to claim the natural resources that lie beneath them - oil, manganese, diamonds, fish - and to control shipping lanes. Meanwhile, rising sea levels threaten the world below.
On June 29th, 2008, Miami artist Xavier Cortada arrived at the North Pole and planted a green flag to "reclaim it for nature.”
Cortada created this NYFA sponsored artist project to engage people globally to help slow the polar thaw: Participants plant a native tree next to a green flag at home and ask their neighbors to do the same.
Reforestation reduces the greenhouse gases that cause global climate change.