• Circumpolar, Poster, 2010. Front Side. Size: 120 × 170 cm. Images taken from Méndez’s video artwork Recurrence Relation #1, 2008. 
     
     

    Text reads:
     
    Circumpolar
    A solo flight,
    From North Pole to South Pole and back again,
    Boreal Summer to Austral Summer,
    520 kilometers a day, 70,900 kilometers total,
    Leave the Arctic in August and travel 80 days south,
    Fuel up on food for a month in the Mid Atlantic,
    Traverse the west coast of Africa to the east coast of Brazil,
    Arrive in the Great Southern Ocean,
    For 150 days circumnavigate the Antarctic continent,
    Leave in April and travel 40 days north,
    Pass the Equator and catch the trade winds,
    Return to the Arctic in June to breed,
    80 days later, as the days grow shorter
    take flight south again,
    And live the most daylight of 
    any creature in the world.
     
     
     
     
  • Circumpolar, Poster, 2010. Back Side. Size: 120 × 170 cm. All images by Rebeca Méndez.
     
     
     
    Text reads:
     
    Circumpolar
    Un viaje a solas,
    Del Polo Norte al Polo Sur y de regreso,
    Del Verano Boreal al Verano Austral,
    520 kilómetros al día, 70,900 kilómetros en total,
    Dejar el Artico en Agosto y viajar 80 días al sur,
    Alimentarse durante un mes en el Atlántico medio,
    Viajar de la costa oeste de Africa a la costa este de Brasil,
    Llegar al Gran Océano del Sur,
    Por 150 días circumnavegar el continente Antártico,
    Salir en Abril y viajar 40 días al norte,
    Pasar el ecuador y atrapar los vientos alisios,
    Regresar al Artico en Junio para procrear,
    80 días después, conforme los días se acortan,
    Alzar el vuelo hacia el sur nuevamente,
    Y vivir la luz del día
    más que cualquier otra criatura 
    en el mundo.
     
     
     
     
  • The 11th edition of the International Biennial of the Poster in Mexico invited Rebeca Méndez to be one of 100 designers and artists participating in the collection ‘Voices in Freedom.’ Méndez’s artwork, created in collaboration with her life partner and writer Adam Eeuwens, moves beyond political and national boundaries and focuses on the circumpolar flight of the arctic tern, who travels from the North Pole to the South Pole and back again, from Boreal Summer to Austral Summer, traversing 520 kilometers a day, 70,900 kilometers total. The arctic tern lives the most daylight of any creature in the world.