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Urban Reforestation:

750 families will reclaim their lawns for nature.
To see images of the adopted trees and green flags visit:
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Coastal Reforestation:
Shorecrest Preparatory School Students Adopt Mangrove Seedlings

On November 18, 2008, artist Xavier Cortada and USGS's Dr. Tom Smith joined the Shorecrest Prep students in dedicating the mangrove "re-permnanent" installation at the Florida Botanical Gardens. The eco-art installation, commissioned by Pinellas County Public Art and Design Program, features one-hundred fifty red mangrove seedlings in clear water-filled cups.  In September 2008, Dr. Smith led the Shorecrest Preparatory School students in collecting the mangrove propagules from Weedon Island Nature Preserve.  

On October 30th,2009, Shorecrest students planted this installation's seedlings on Tampa Bay (see images below) and replaced them with a new batch. The students will re-plant the seedlings along the coastal wetlands and repeat the process annually. 

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On October 30th, 2009, Shorecrest Prep students planted the mangrove seedings on Tampa Bay.

 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