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Incorporation Palm
The Incorporation Palm
by Xavier Cortada



The Art

On Earth Day 2008, Miami artist Xavier Cortada had a Royal Palm Tree planted at the very location (see map below) where, in 1896, three hundred and sixty eight men incorporated the city of Miami, elected its first leaders, and selected the Royal Palm as the symbol at the center of the city seal.

In conceptualizing an art piece that marks the birthplace of the city, Miami artist Xavier Cortada thought to bring the seal to life.  He designed "incorporation Palm" as a living monument that honors not only those who brought the city to life, but those who work today to keep it growing.

In the work, four flags each printed with one number (1, 8, 9 and 6 --the year of the City's incorporation), will be aligned counter-clockwise along four equidistant points on a circle around the palm tree.  The numbers will be placed in the following direction:

South = 1
East = 8
North = 9
West = 6


According to historian Dr. Paul George, the city's incorporation site --a stop in his historic tours of downtown Miami-- is now a median at the base of the north side of the South Miami Avenue bridge in Downtown Miami (see map on left).

Cortada's conceptual piece references the past (1896) as a way of charting a course to a brighter future (the growing Royal Palm), the promise made by every generation that labors here.  During Miami's 109th birthday celebration, the Mayor and City Commissioners unveiled two murals at the entrance of City Hall.  Cortada stated that he created these two murals because he wanted "to educate residents about their City’s history and its multicultural origins. By learning about our past we can build a future filled with mutual respect and understanding." 

The Incorporation Palm, a living monument, aims to do the same.  

The work invites residents to dedicate themselves to bettering the city and in so doing become "Reincorporators."  Reincorporators will be able to post their Incorporation Palm photo, talk about their commitment to the city, and exchange ideas on how to better Miami.  To see blog, click on image below.




copyright 2005-2009 Xavier Cortada
Calendar

8/14/2013 » 8/29/2014
"Antarctic Ice Paintings" exhibit in Key Largo

6/1/2014 » 8/24/2014
El Paso Museum of Art: Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775 - 2012

8/4/2014 » 8/29/2014
FLOR500 at FIU Graham Center Art Gallery

9/13/2014 » 11/1/2014
Cortada to celebrate 50th Birthday with "Littoral Creatures" exhibit opening on September 13th



FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.







FLOR500

 Reclamation Project

Native Flags

 





Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Florida History, Miami Science Museum and the Frost Art Museum. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Holland, Hawaii, New HampshireLatvia and Taiwan. Cortada serves as artist-in-residence at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts.


 

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