SOURCE – Project Seahorse  March 24, 2017

Project Seahorse presents an exhibit by Miami-based artist Xavier Cortada, as the launch event for its “Seahorses: Magical Creatures in Our Backyard” outreach initiative.

What: “Seahorses” – an exhibit opening by Xavier Cortada –

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where: Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 S Red Rd., Pinecrest, FL 33156

Why: Xavier Cortada opens his exhibit “Seahorses” at Pinecrest Gardens; Project Seahorse launches their “Seahorses: Magical Creatures in Our Backyard” initiative; the event will build awareness about seahorses and other syngnathids in South Florida and Biscayne National Park and inspire residents of Miami-Dade County to take action to protect the park and their oceans. Charismatic symbols of the seagrasses, mangroves, reefs and estuaries they call home, seahorses are flagship species for a wide range of marine conservation issues in Biscayne National Park.

Interview opportunities:

Xavier Cortada, artist

Dr. Amanda Vincent, Director, Project Seahorse (available by phone)

Emilie Stump, Project Seahorse MSc. student; project officer for Seahorses: Magical Creatures in Our Backyard 

For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact Regina Bestbier at


Xavier Cortada

Xavier Cortada serves as Artist-in-Residence at FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society and the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts.  The Miami artist has created environmental installations (North Pole and South Pole), eco-art projects (Taiwan, Hawaii and Holland), and community murals addressing peace (Cyprus and Northern Ireland), child welfare (Bolivia and Panama), AIDS (Switzerland and South Africa) and juvenile justice concerns (Miami and Philadelphia). Cortada has developed multi-year participatory eco-art efforts to reforest mangrovesnative trees and wildflowers across Florida. See for more information. 

Project Seahorse

Project Seahorse is a marine conservation group based at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and at the Zoological Society of London. Project Seahorse works to protect seahorses to support ocean conservation more broadly, generating cutting-edge research and using it to inform highly effective conservation interventions.

Herbert W. Hoover Foundation
This campaign is made possible through the generous support of the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation. The Herbert W. Hoover Foundation takes a leadership role in funding unique opportunities that provide solutions to issues related to the community, education, and the environment.