The Reclamation Project is a participatory eco-art project launched by Miami artist Xavier Cortada in 2006. It explores our ability to coexist with the natural world.
Annually, volunteers collect mangrove propagules in coastal areas. The propagules are then exhibited in clear, water-filled cups (see: Gallery of Installations) where they are nurtured into seedlings and eventually planted along coastal areas. This coastal reforestation creates new habitats above and below the water line.
The Reclamation Project's Native Flags initiative aims to regrow native habitats in upland areas. Participants are encouraged to plant native tree and a green flag in their front yard, reclaiming it for nature.
Reclamation Project Foundation
The Reclamation Project Foundation generates resources to help implement this participatory eco-art project. The Board's present emphasis is aimed at educating and engaging South Floridians in reforesting coastal and urban areas by bringing the Reclamation Project to local communities, institutions and schools.
Since the original temporary installations at South Beach retail spaces during 2006, the Reclamation Project expanded to three other Florida communities to include:
South Florida (presented by the Miami Science Museum and Deering Estate at Cutler)
- Treasure Coast (presented by Martin County Council of the Arts and Heathcote Botanical Gardens)
Pinellas County (presented by Pinellas County Public Art and Design Program and Florida Botanical Gardens) and
- Tampa (presented by Tampa Preparatory School).