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Garden 475 - Guy Metcalf

Posted By Alexa R. Chavarry, 22 hours ago

I am dedicating this garden to Guy Metcalf, an Ohioan who is very important to South Florida, and the newspaper system we have today. Metcalf founded the Indian River News in Melbourne, FL on February 24, 1877. Indian River News was very soon renamed Tropical Sun, then moved to West Palm in 1895. Tropical Sun was the first newspaper, and the only newspaper in South Florida north of Key West. Tropical Sun was a source of hope for the people of South Florida, because until its publishing, newspapers from New York would take 40 hours to travel down via railroad, whereas a newspaper written and designed in the area would display news far sooner and more locally accurate. 

Guy Metcalf was very important at this time of Floridian history, because around 1898, when the Spanish-American War posed a threat to Florida, he decided to take initiative and insisted that guns be mounted to protect West Palm hotels.

Although very important to Florida’s current newspaper system, Metcalf was rumored to have a very short temper. When he was passionate about something, his fuse was short and his tongue was quick. Tropical Sun’s main publishing competition was the Gazetteer, and Metcalf had actually feuded with their publisher several times.

I believe that the reason Metcalf was so short-tempered with the publisher of the Gazetteer was due to his immense passion for news and helping others. He served as mayor in 1904 and 1905, and pushed for the separation from Dade, eventually establishing Palm Beach County. He also became Palm Beach County schools’ second superintendent. He was a pioneer for newspaper and education, and I do believe that this garden is accurately dedicated.

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GARDEN 200 Blanche Armwood, Educator, Community Activist, Civil Rights Activist

Posted By madeleine salazar, 23 hours ago
Blanche Armwood was born on January 23, 1890 in Tampa, Florida. She was an educator and activist who worked to improve conditions for African Americans and women. I didn't even know this person existed before this project but she is such an inspiration to all women. Having surpassed so many obstacles to be able to go to school due to discrimination, she then dedicated her life to helping others in unfortunate situations as well.
She taught in the Florida public school system, was active in many organizations and was the first African American female from Florida to graduate with a law degree.

She also served as assistant principal at Tampa’s Harlem Academy School. Soon after, she was appointed as the first Supervisor of Negro Schools by the Hillsborough County School Board. During her tenure as Supervisor, Armwood established five new school buildings, increased black teacher salaries and extended the school year for blacks from six to nine months. She is also credited for establishing the Booker T Washington High School in 1926 for black youth in Tampa. This amazing  career she had improving education is why I chose to plant my seeds by Eagle Point Elementary, I didn't plant them directly on the school's property because I wasn't sure if I was allowed. However it is in a spot that most students walk by on their commute to school.The students can walk past the garden dedication and can appreciate that Blance Armwood is part of the reason their school system is the way it is today. Even after her death in 1939 she was honored years later by the state of Florida. In 1984, Congressman Michael Bilarkis and the Florida House of Representatives paid tribute to Armwood’s legacy. That same year, Blanche Armwood Comprehensive High School in Tampa was opened in her honor, today the school is called Armwood High School. She was truly an amazing human being and an inspiration to all.

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GARDEN 472 Eva Mack, Health Educator and Community Leader

Posted By Joshua Carisma, Yesterday

West Kendall District Park
11255 SW 157th Ave, Miami, FL 33196


I am dedicating this garden of blanket flowers to the life of Eva Mack. Mack was the first health specialist for the Palm Beach County Board, founded the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of Palm Beach County in 1979, and in 1982 was the first African American to be elected mayor of the City of West Palm Beach. Though she has had many great accomplishments in her lifetime, it is the founding of the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of Palm Beach County that I truly commemorate her with this garden.

Sickle cell disease is one of the biggest causes of death, affecting millions of people throughout the world. In the United States alone, it is estimated that Sickle Cell Disease affects 90,000 to 100,000, occurs among one out of every 500 Black or African-American births and occurs among 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic-American births. A study also shows that black children with sickle cell disease in Florida has a much higher risk of dying than in other areas in the country. Though sickle cell disease is very common, it does not get much attention and consequently does not get much research funding. That is why I believe that there should be recognition and support for its research.

I have decided to create Eva Mack’s garden at a dog park because the few people I have encountered with sickle cell disease all have dogs and credit their companions for the quality of their lives.  It will be a reminder for those affected by sickle cell disease directly or indirectly the contribution of Eva Mack and the importance of continual efforts towards research.

Image Source: http://www.pbchistoryonline.org/page/eva-williams-mack 

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Garden 338 Gilbert Barkowski, Cattleman

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


    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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Garden 337, Moses Barber

Posted By Priscilla R. Mercado, Monday, April 21, 2014
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Garden 337, Moses Barber (1800-1870)

Researching Moses Barber has been an interesting project for me. It was quite difficult to find his story, but once I did, I was impacted by his zeal.

Residing in Brevard County (near Orange County, Florida - Central East of the state), Moses' main occupation was that of a cattleman. Before that, however, Barber was fought in two Seminole Indian wars and the Civil War. Being the fighter that he was, barber had a difficult time staying passive. On several occasions he would be found in severe dispute with the Orange County Sheriff and tax collector at the time. The greatest dispute was the "Barber-Mizell Family Feud of 1870". The story goes that Barber refused to pay taxes towards the reconstruction of the government by the Republican party. Because of that, Mizell took it upon himself to steal Barber's cattle. This provoked Barber especially because he claimed that the sheriff was overstepping his jurisdiction (the border lines between Orange County and Brevard County were not clearly defined at that time). Moses and David went at it in a violent fashion. Over forty deaths were reported as a result of that feud.

I believe Moses Barber should be commemorated not only for fighting for his country but for fighting for his principles and political convictions as well. And so, as a part of the Flor 500 project, I am honored to dedicate my Indian Blanket Wildflower Garden to a worthy veteran, commendable cattleman, and brave Floridian - Moses Barber.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barber%E2%80%93Mizell_feud

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Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda tribute by simon behnejad

Posted By Simon b. Behnejad, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda was a Teenage Spaniard who survived a shipwreck on the coast of South Florida during the 16th century. He spent seventeen years living with the Indians of South Florida. In 1575, he published his memoirs of the experience he had with the natives, which became one of the earliest descriptions of Florida’s Native Americans. I chose to plant my garden at my Grandpa’s house because he lives right by the ocean, which signifies the shipwreck Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda went threw. We planted the seed in the center of his backyard to signify how Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda felt being so isolated and different from the Native Floridians. The sign I put up was a picture of a ship which signifies the ship of knowledge that Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda would never let wreck. He ended up writing all his memoirs about all the things he learned from the Florida Natives. I had visited my friends house twice a week to check up on the garden but after 2 week the plant didn’t grow an inch. No matter how small the garden is or how little the flower actually grew, the intellectual affect Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda’s memoirs of Native Americans had will always be cherished and appreciated for without his persistence of perusing knowledge even threw adversity of surviving a ship wreck in the oceans of Miami, we would not be where we are today. I hope somewhere in the soil, the life of the flower will live threw the earth.

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Billy Larry Cypress, 406

Posted By Josue Louis, Thursday, December 05, 2013

Billy Larry Cypress

 

Billy Larry Cypress was a Seminole tribal historian who directed the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and spent his entire life teaching children and adults in the ways of Florida's largest Indian tribe. He also served in the U.S. Army as a combat platoon leader, rising to the rank of major. Billy stayed grounded in his native roots and wanted others to understand also. I decided to plant this garden at my church because I’m also grounded in church. All my life that’s what I’ve always known. There was a point where I decided to leave but I was brought back and I’m an advocate for other young adults who feel the same way I felt when I decided to leave. I and Bill have a lot in come like being the first to graduate from college and so forth. I can say the greatest thing we do have in common is our passion for helping others grow like we did. Bills love of the tribe, its culture and its members was evident in everything he did. He spent several years teaching the tribe's Head Start program and worked 18 years in the education department at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. My love for church has allowed me to now join a couple of ministries to spread my gifts and talents to use so others can be blessed. They say great minds think alike and I think me and Bill are very much alike. His passion in tribes being kept sacred is what drove people towards him and I hope to do the same.

 

 

Works Cited

 "RootsWeb: FLORIDA-L Billy Cypress, Tribal Historian, Dead at 61 / April 12, 2004."RootsWeb: FLORIDA-L Billy Cypress, Tribal Historian, Dead at 61 / April 12, 2004. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Nov. 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Larry Cypress

A man admired by the community for his love in the preservation of Seminal Tribal History.

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/FLORIDA/2004-04/1082310773

http://www.xaviercortada.com/?page=FLOR500_about

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356 Bill France Jr.

Posted By David Stolear, Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bill France Jr. More Than Just a Race Promoter

at Greynolds park 17530 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

 

Bill France Jr. is an important figure in the history of Florida. France grew a sport that was barely televised and had small prizes into a national craze. "Little Bill” struck a lucrative deals with CBS Sports in order to televise the Daytona 500 live. This was an instrumental step in developing the previously regional sport. When Bill France Jr. became president of NASCAR the points prize was $750,000, France took this prizes and more than doubled them. Although France was born in Washington D.C. he moved to Florida at the tender age of two and living near Daytona Beach he grew fascinated by races. He worked 12 hours a day 7 days a week for 13 months in order to complete the construction of this track. His father Bill France Sr. known as "Big Bill” was the founder of NASCAR and his son "Brian France” is currently the CEO. France enjoyed racing motorcycles and participated in many races like the "Baja 1000". Aside from being a great business man "Little Bill” was known for caring about the drivers and about the people that built the cars. I decided to dedicate a garden to "Bill Jr.” because I believe his contributions to the sport of NASCAR have changed the sport loved by many Floridians. I picked to plant the garden in Greynolds Park because this park is home to many biker conferences annually and I believe bikers will enjoy looking at the beautiful wildflower garden and monument placed in the memory of Bill France Jr.

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Upcoming exhibits: Miami Science Museum

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Monday, April 26, 2010
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North Pole/South Pole (90n/90s) Installations

Miami based artist Xavier Cortada has created art installations at the Earth's poles to generate awareness about global climate change: In 2007, the artist used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years. In 2008, he planted a green flag at North Pole to reclaim it for nature and in so doing launched a global reforestation eco-art effort. Replicas and artifacts from these installations, as well as other artworks, will soon be on exhibition at the Miami Science Museum.

Cortada has also developed participatory art projects to engage communities in local action at points in between. In Florida, he has worked with scientists, arborists and environmental managers to develop eco-art projects that engage community residents in bioremediation, including: coastal reforestation efforts in Miami (2006) and an urban reforestation campaign in St. Petersburg (2009).

Cortada has also worked with groups across the world to produce numerous collaborative art projects, including peace murals in Cyprus (2000) and Northern Ireland (2000), child welfare murals in Bolivia (1997) and Panama (1999), AIDS murals in Geneva (1998) and South Africa (2000).The Miami artist has also been commissioned to create art for the White House (2002), the World Bank (2003), the Florida Supreme Court (2004), the Florida Governor's Mansion (2007), Miami City Hall (2005), Miami-Dade County Hall (2004), Miami Art Museum (2001), the Museum of Florida History (2003) and the Frost Art Museum (2008).Corporations such as General Mills, Nike, Heineken and Hershey's have commissioned his art. Publishers like McDougal and Random House have featured it in school textbooks and publications.

Cortada, who was born in Albany, New York and grew up in Miami, holds degrees from the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Business and School of Law.

For more information visit www.cortada.com


Energy Tracker

Throughout all of MiaSci will be the new exhibition, Energy Tracker, an interconnected trail of hands-on interactive stations that explore everything from basic energy principles to the future of renewable energy. Visitors will grab their ticket, select a line to follow, and visit stations along their route to track and identify different forms of energy. At the final stop, there’s a prize for each completed ticket!

Stations in Energy Tracker feature many new additions to MiaSci. The Energy Dance Floor, the first of its kind in the U.S., captures energy from dancing and converts it to electricity to light up the floor. A separate mini-floor with a thermal camera has a large screen display where dancers can see the heat they are generating while they dance. Energy Tracker also includes four new table-top, hands-on interactives where visitors explore wind energy, batteries, food energy, and the carbon footprint of their lifestyle. At an outdoor station, visitors can try the Human YoYo, a new exhibit that demonstrates the workings of a flywheel by rocketing visitors high in the air. Nearby, the Giant Lever makes the physics of simple machines larger than life as visitors use the 30-foot long device to lift weights they never thought possible. 

How about wind? Miami has a lot of it and MiaSci is capturing that too! At over 20 foot high the vertical axis wind turbine, one of the first of it’s kind in the county, is visible before visitors even enter the building.

Energy Tracker has been developed as an exhibition that will continue to change and grow, with new lines and new stations opening in the near future. The exhibition is part of MiaSci’s ongoing effort to prepare for its new location in downtown Miami, where the largest exhibition will be the building itself; a showcase of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. 

Energy Tracker was made possible through support from the US Department of Energy and the City of Miami.

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Tags:  90n  90s  Installations  Miami Science Museum  North Pole  South Pole 

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Miami Artist Mounting Installation at Biscayne National Park

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Tuesday, November 24, 2009

National & State Parks

 Lauren Himiak
Lauren's National & State Parks Blog

By Lauren Himiak, About.com Guide to National & State Parks

Miami Artist Mounting Installation at Biscayne National Park

Tuesday November 24, 2009
© Xavier Cortada

On January 4, 2007, Xavier Cortada planted 51 flags for the 50th anniversary of the opening of the South Pole station.

Miami artist Xavier Cortada is doing big things at Biscayne National Park's Convoy Point this winter and spring. To mark the United Nations' "International Year of Biodiversity," the park will showcase Endangered World: Biscayne National Park, featuring 360 brightly colored flags lining the roads and trails at Convoy Point representing one degree of the planet's longitude and an endangered or threatened animal that lives at that longitude.

Individuals and organizations will adopt an animal to paint on one of the flags and commit to an "eco-action" that directly or indirectly alleviates the hardships of that animal. Participants can create flags and commit to actions on their own, or they can take part in flag-painting workshops in December and January. The flags will be on display from February 14 to May 1, 2010.

If you are interested, more information can be found online.


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Cortada to Present at PechaKucha: Red Flag Event

5/17/2014 » 6/13/2014
FLOR500 Region 7 Gallery Exhibit coinciding with Florida Native Plant Society Conference

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



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Xavier Cortada
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Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
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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 Holland, Hawaii, New HampshireLatvia and Taiwan. Cortada serves as artist-in-residence at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts.


 

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