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Cortada to speak at 2012 FIU Honors College Art Talk
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Cortada to speak at 2012 FIU Honors College Art Talk

Xavier Cortada will discuss his FLOR500 art | nature | history project ( at the FIU Honors College Colloquium on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012.

When: September 19th, 2012
12:30 PM
Where: Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street
ECS 135
Miami, Florida  33199
United States
Contact: Rev. Paul Massingill, FIU-MDC Wesley Pastor/Executive Director

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Xavier Cortada will discuss his FLOR500 art | nature | history project at the FIU Honors College Art Talk

FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project will commemorate Florida’s quincentenary in 2013.

Five hundred Floridians will be invited to depict 500 native wildflowers selected by a team of scientists – the same ones that grew in our state when Juan Ponce de Leon landed in 1513 and named it "La Florida”–from "flor," the Spanish word for flower. The artwork, along with information about each flower, will be posted online. Students from 500 schools across the state’s 67 counties (in 8 regions) will then plant 500 wildflower gardens dedicated to one of 500 important Floridians selected by a team of historians. These new native habitats will help support Florida’s biodiversity.

The work is presented by the FIU | College of Architecture + The Arts | Office of Engaged Creativity where Cortada serves as Artist-in-Residence.

Please see for all the information about this project.

FLOR500 drawing planting for Florida Library Association

Xavier Cortada, "
FLOR500: Florida Library Association planting drawing,” 80 drawings (charcoal on board) and Florida native wildflower seeds inside plastic bags on wall, 2012.  

The artist's charcoal wildflower drawing above was transformed into 80 living wildflower gardens across Florida: The art work was cut into 80 pieces to be distributed along with seeds (from the Florida Wildflower Foundation)  to 80 attendees of the Florida Library Association Conference on April 18th, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Participants will plant the wildflower seeds at home, dedicating their garden to a Floridian they admire. 

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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