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The Reclamation Project is a participatory eco-art project launched by Miami artist Xavier Cortada in 2006.  It explores our ability to coexist with the natural world.  

Since 2007, the coastal reforestation component of the Reclamation P
roject has been based at the Miami Science Museum, where an installation of 1,100 mangrove seedlings is on permanent exhibit.

Annually, volunteers collect mangrove propagules in coastal areas. The propagules are then exhibited in clear, water-filled cups (see: Gallery of Installations) where they are nurtured into seedlings and eventually planted along coastal areas.  This coastal reforestation creates new habitats above and below the water line.

Native Flags  
Native FlagThe Reclamation Project's Native Flags initiative aims to regrow native habitats in upland areas. Participants are encouraged to plant native tree and a green flag in their front yard, reclaiming it for nature. 

Native Flags is based at Miami-Dade Park's Deering Estate at Cutlerwhere visitors can purchase their green flag  and see an exhibit of the 12 native trees featured for South Florida. 

Reclamation Project Foundation
The Reclamation Project Foundation generates resources to help implement this participatory eco-art project.  The Board's present emphasis is aimed at educating and engaging South Floridians in reforesting coastal and urban areas by bringing the Reclamation Project to local communities, institutions and schools.

Other Communities
the original temporary installations at South Beach retail spaces during 2006, the Reclamation Project expanded to three other Florida communities to include:
  • South Florida (presented by the Miami Science Museum and Deering Estate at Cutler)
  • Treasure Coast (presented by Martin County Council of the Arts and Heathcote Botanical Gardens)
  • Pinellas County (presented by Pinellas County Public Art and Design Program and Florida Botanical Gardens) and
  • Tampa (presented by Tampa Preparatory School).
 2004 - 2013


Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
FIU College of Architecture + The Arts
Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440
Miami Beach, FL 33139

 Reclamation Project 



Native Flags

The Reclamation Project and Native Flags are participatory eco-art projects by FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada.  

In South Florida, they are presented in coordination with our project partners:

FIU Office of University Sustainabiity
MDC Earth Ethics Institute

Copyright 2006-2013 
Xavier Cortada