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Step 2. Plant Your Tree and Flag in Your Yard.

Plant your Flag!
Step 1 - Step 2 - Step 3

Plant the tree and flag in your front yard!
As you plant your flag next to the tree, say:

 "I hereby reclaim this land for nature!"
Don't forget to ask your neighbor to do the same.

Planting a flag next to a tree in one's home front yard is the performative act that defines this art piece. Using the powerful symbol of a flag, the participant is being proactive in helping rebuild the native tree canopy that one stood on that very place.  It's a reverse conquest, returning a portion of that now developed parcel of land  back to nature. 

The flag also serves to remind the participant *(along with friends and neighbors) of this important eco-action.

 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