Cortada portrayed Florida’s endangered land animals in Florida Turnpike’s Ft. Drum plaza (near Yeehaw Junction). At the main entrance, visitors are greeted by an 8′ x 20′ mural of a Florida Panther. “I created the mural in small rectangular pieces to resemble city blocks on a map,” said Cortada. “In the work, I wanted to reference how cars and buildings continue to overtake the panther’s natural habitat. We must find a better way to coexist with nature.”
In the building’s interior atrium, Cortada depicted 12 other Florida endangered species.
For more information about the artist’s work with endangered animals, please visit: www.endangeredworld.org