Port Everglades

Xavier Cortada, “Starfish Shuffle: Digital Tapestry,” 4′ x 40′, dye sublimation on fabric, 2014

As part of a 2014 public art commission, artist Xavier Cortada created two works to be installed at Port Everglades, a cruise terminal in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The two public artworks created by Xavier Cortada include a 40-foot ceramic mural dubbed “Pelican Path” and “Starfish Shuffle”. 

The artwork “Pelican Path”, which includes a water-themed backdrop made from 1,440 handcrafted and hand-painted porcelain tiles, illustrates Cortada’s interpretation of the ripples created when the pelican’s webbed feet slap the water as it takes flight. The artworks attempt to connect cruise passengers who travel through the terminal to what they’ll see aboard a ship — the sea, the shore and the sky. 

The “Starfish Shuffle” installation, a series of eight wall-mounted ceramic murals and a 40-foot digital tapestry, creates an awareness of the vibrant marine life that abounds in the natural environment just offshore from Broward County’s blue wave beaches. This work exemplifies the artist’s ability to oscillate between mediums at will, combining traditional and contemporary artistic methods to develop the series.


For more information about the artist’s work with aquatic animals, please visit: The Release the Tide Series