The Markers InstallationPosted on Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 7:55 am | See all Landscape Entries.
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Top Left: Photodocumentation of Xavier Cortada planting the “seedling” on January 4th, 2007 at the SOUTH POLE (90° S). Artist featured in Polar Attractions.
Top Right: The replica seed
The beginning of a 150,000-year Journey
Miami artist Xavier Cortada planted a replica of a mangrove seedling in the South Pole. The mangrove “seedling” was planted on the 3 km thick glacial ice sheet that blankets the South Pole. Embedded in the moving glacier, the “seedling” is now beginning to slide downhill (9.9 meters every year) in the direction of the Weddell Sea, 1,400 km away. The “seedling” has thus begun its 150,000 year journey towards the seashore, where it can eventually (theoretically) set its roots.
The Markers installation
Cortada planted 51different colored flags on the moving ice sheet that covers the South Pole, each 10 meters apart and marking where the South Pole stood during each of the past 50 years (when humans first inhabited the South Pole). Each flag also displayed the coordinates of the location on the world above where an important event that took place during that year.