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Flower Force is a participatory eco-art project created by Miami artist Xavier Cortada to engage communities in planting native wildflowers. On April 2nd, 2012, the work will be exhibited at the RE:Green, an international juried exhibition hosted by the Martha Gault Art Gallery at Slippery Rock University and juried by Jeff Schmuki.


Cortada's charcoal drawing will be transformed into 104 living gardens in Pennsylvania: The art work is to be cut into 104 pieces and  distributed along with native wildflower seeds to 104 individuals who live in the area near Slippery Rock University.

Participants will plant the wildflower seeds at home or in the community, dedicating their garden to someone who has inspired them to live in a more sustainable way. Through a  wildflower garden, these 104 individuals will honor those who planted a "green" seed in them and help support their local biodiversity. The project's (flower) force of 104 participants  will be invited to upload photos of their garden online.

Above: Xavier Cortada, "Flower Force: Slippery Rock planting drawing,” charcoal on board, 32” x 40”, 2012. 



Participate by following these steps: 

1.  Plant native wildflowers in your yard.

2.  Dedicate the garden to someone who has inspired you to live in a more sustainable way.

3.  Take a photo of (you in) your new garden.

4.  Upload photo and info in the form below. 


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FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
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.


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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 HollandHawaiiNew HampshireLatvia and Taiwan

Cortada serves as artist-in-residence at the The FIU | College of Architecture + The Arts.  FIU | CARTA engages our local and global communities by deploying the power of architecture + the arts to createinnovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems. Offering 9 graduate and 8 undergraduate degrees within 7 academic departments, our more than 2,500 majors have the unique experience working with our award-winning faculty, in nationally ranked programs, in the heart of Miami — one of the country’s most vibrant, diverse, and creative cities! For more information, visit us at