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Native Flags: Plant your flag!
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Step 2: Plant your Flag!

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Plant the native tree and the flag in your front yard!  To learn about caring for your native tree, please click here.

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