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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.