The South Florida schools listed below are dedicated to working with the Reclamation Project to help educate the importance of native trees and mangroves and engage their communities in restoring coastal and inland ecosystems.
The eco-art was designed by Xavier Cortada. These installations consist of mangrove seedlings in plastic cups filled with water. Attached to windows (temporary) or walls (permanent), the mangrove propagules are cultivated in these vertical gardens.
By juxtaposing organic, free-flowing mangrove seedlings with with the man-made materials (cups, clips) arranged on a modernist grid, the installation challenges viewers to explore their relationship to nature.
Once grown, the mangrove seedlings will be replanted
along the coast-- creating new ecosystems above and below the waterline.
Needing to grow native mangrove seedlings artificially because habitat destruction has so severely limited the coastline where they can naturally grow should initiate interest/conversations and generate public awareness about the importance of wetlands.
Images: Reclamation Project installation at Tampa Prep, Tampa Florida.
Here are a few links to examples of how Cortada's work is being used by educators: