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Matthias Day

Posted By Diandra Ortiz, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Matthias Day was a very important man during his time. He was native to Ohio but his greatest accomplishment was here in Florida. I decided to plant my garden close to a lake to represent how Matthias purchased a piece of land nearby the Halifax River in Florida. Now this trip of land is known to be Daytona Beach.  However he had many other accomplishments throughout the years. He received a Medal of Honor by the American Army for his performance during the American Indian Wars. During battle Day and his men were ambushed by the Apaches, and they had to step back from the fight. But Day noticed to men injured unable to move and he stopped and ran back to help them before they were killed by the Apaches.  He risked his life to save another. I took the pictures at night because I wanted to demonstrate the darkness that was happening at the time during the American Indian Wars. But I wanted the flowers to be with light to show how Matthias W. Day fought for his land and was rewarded for it. For my art piece I decided to draw his gravestone I used fire to make it look like ash on the cardboard. I wanted to create this effect to represent the ash from the fire during the wars. I felt connected to this project because I would always take family vacations to Daytona Beach and it is a beautiful part of Florida.

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