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Garden 338 Gilbert Barkowski, Cattleman

Posted By Kristian A. Millan-Diaz, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Garden Location: Cooper Park 
  • 5751 SW 16th St
    West Miami, FL 33144

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    My dedication and tribute to Gilbert Barkowski came from my inspiration in bringing the theme of the pasture and countryside into setting up signs providing history and backstory to a very important figure in Florida. Barkowski, who was known as 'Cowman of the Century' for his ingenious use of cross breeding development with different species of Cows, paved the way for a more prosperous and active cattle ranch. It can definitely be agreed that the innovative use of cross breeding opened a much needed and steady supply of livestock, providing very healthy and more advanced cows. It is with this thought of mine that my homage to Gilbert Barkowski would be a project to implement and make use of ornaments pertaining to some way, shape, or form to Barkowski's accomplishments, as well as provide insight to a Floridian whose actions had a very large impact on American livelihood and also provided an influence to the countryside. 

    I made use of decorating the signs and art displays with green colors very reminiscent of the countryside as well as using images that compliment the achievements of the Floridian I'm paying homage to. Not only that, but on one of the displays I added Cow figurines to bring life and personality to the art project so that anyone walking past it could get a better picture of how influential Barkowski was(considering how prominent and consumable meat was in the 20th century to this day. I went for an approach that is akin or very similar to a mini-gallery, using all four art displays to be placed around the planting spot in my garden of choice. As I went to visit my garden in the area I noticed many younger children with parents being drawn to the art piece and the portrait I drew of Barkowski, which was very inspiring and amazing to see how friendly and thoughtful parents and other park-goers were to the art project and the message behind it(To encourage the use and implementation of Floridian plants). This project was very fun and a very enlightening experience as a whole.

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