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About the Project: Learn About Eco-art
The Reclamation Project is a pioneering ecoart work in South Florida, taking its place in a worldwide art movement that is encouraging the fusion of culture with environmental stewardship.

Ecoart projects are distinguished from "regular” art works by their ameliorative interventions that occur in "nature,” and with "nature.”

The emphasis in ecoart is away from the focus on individual artistic intention and inspiration, and on collaboration across disciplines—artist to scientist to public official and beyond.

Ecoart also engages communities to address environmental problems directly, and in highly creative ways.
Mary Jo Aagerstoun, Ph.D., discusses about ecoart in South Florida in her newsletter to the South Florida Environmental Art Project, Inc.


  The Reclamation Project is an ecoart work because:

  • Its objectives are informed by scientific knowledge and findings.
  • Its products involve the creation of objects as well as the instigation of processes toward bioremediation.
  • It advocates for, and illuminates cutting edge scientific discoveries through visually engaging art products and processes.
  • It animates communities toward direct involvement in environmental stewardship at all stages of the art project’s creation.

To learn more about ecoart’s roots, its international influence and its local presence in South Florida, please go to, the website of the South Florida Environmental Art Project, Inc.

Reclamation Project logo

 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