About the Artist
In 2013, Cortada created five striking, large-scale banners to honor the remarkable scientific achievements of CERN researchers who utilized five distinct search strategies to discover the Higgs boson, helping to prove the Standard Model of Physics. Drawing parallels between CERN's Large Hadron Collider and a modern-day cathedral that shapes our understanding of the universe and our worldviews, the banners are permanently displayed at the precise location where the particle was discovered. Don't miss this educational display, sponsored by the Xavier Cortada Foundation.
Xavier Cortada, Miami’s pioneer eco-artist, uses art’s elasticity to work across disciplines to engage communities in problem solving. Particularly environmentally focused, his work intends to generate awareness and action around climate change, sea level rise, and biodiversity loss. Over the past three decades, the Cuban-American artist has created art at the North and South poles and across 6 continents, including more than 150 public artworks, installations, collaborative murals and socially engaged projects. Cortada, who serves as the inaugural Artist-in-Residence for Miami-Dade County and University of Miami Professor of Practice, has been commissioned to create art for CERN, the White House, the World Bank, the Frost Art Museum, and Miami City Hall, among many other art, science, and government venues. Cortada received the Environmental Law Institute’s 2021 National Wetlands Award, was included in the 2022 GRIST 50, and delivered a TED Talk on the intersection of art and climate. Learn more at www.cortada.com