The South Florida colleges and universities 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.
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.
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.
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:
You may contact the artist directly at:
College of Architecture + The Arts
Florida International University
Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
phone: (305) 535-1462
fax: (305) 535-5418