In 2004, Miami artist Xavier Cortada worked with Hands on Miami volunteers to metaphorically reforest the I-95 underpasses in downtown Miami, Little Havana and Allapattah neighborhoods.
Cortada's pencil drawings of mangrove seedlings were used by volunteers to paint dozens of columns beneath I-95 and create the Miami Mangrove Forest.
The drawings were initially exhibited at Miami Art Fairs: OMNIART I in December 2004.
The originals drawings are on loan to Florida International University and are currently on display in University's Executive Offices on the 5th floor of the Primera Casa building.
Cortada currently serves as artist-in-residence at FIU College of Architecture + The Arts.