About the Underwater HOA
How Underwater HOA got startedThe Underwater HOA began in 2018 as a participatory public art project by acclaimed environmental artist, Xavier Cortada. The goal of the project is to create awareness about rising sea levels and engage citizens throughout Florida to take action towards solving the most urgent crisis of our times: climate change. In collaboration with Mr. Cortada, FCV Education Fund and LCV Education Fund's Rock the Earth program are laying the foundation for communities to organize around these issues. We aim to build awareness and inspire action through art: bringing neighbors together to learn about how climate change is affecting their communities and supporting them as they advocate for clean energy and resilience policies from our lawmakers.
About the ArtistAcclaimed Miami artist, Xavier Cortada, orients his science and art practice towards social engagement and the environment. He has created art installations at the Earth’s poles to generate awareness about global climate change at points in between. In 2007, as a National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writer’s Program Fellow, Cortada used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time: the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years. In 2008, he planted a green flag at the North Pole to reclaim it for nature and launch an eco-art reforestation effort. He has collaborated with population geneticists, molecular biologists, and botanists to develop multi-year participatory eco-art efforts to reforest mangroves, native trees, and wildflowers across Florida.
His work is in the permanent collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami, the NSU Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale, the Whatcom Museum, and the Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum.