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Media: Xavier Cortada's "The Reclamation Project"

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Xavier Cortada's "The Reclamation Project"

Blueprint Directory: Art + Design + Architecture, The Art Issue (Volume 2, Number 4, page 32), November-December 2006

Miami artist Xavier Cortada has made a number of public and large-scale installations, including an actual, colorfully painted plane, a wall of remembrances, and a fridge with leftover food.  Now he will recreate an "eco-art" intervention with little mangrove shoots "planted" all over South Beach.  About 2,500 mangrove seedlings in clear cups will be displayed in shop windows, dramatizing the destruction of the mangrove forests which once covered the island and sustained marine life.  With the help of volunteers (and public arts and eco groups backing the project), those seedlings will be planted for real on Key Biscayne on December 17.  November through January.

Volunteers can sign up online at

 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