FLOR 244,Spanish Moss, Tillandsia usneoides, FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art,Erin Curry 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 commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013.
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 FLOR 244
Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides)


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FLOR 244 by Erin Curry 

 Erin Curry, "FLOR 244: Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides)," layered graphite drawing on mylar, 36" x 14", 2012. (CC)  

 

About the Artist

Erin Curry is an MFA candidate at the University of Florida with an interdisciplinary focus on sculpture and drawing. Her work for the last few years has used the iconography of tangles to to explore themes of complexity and and story; for her, the choice of Spanish moss was an easy one. She's shown nationally both and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibition was at alt_space gallery in New Smyrna Beach, FL. 

 

 

 


Artist's Statement

When the Spaniards arrived after their long journey, a few of them fell into deep obsession with some of the pretty native women and began earnest pursuit. The women being fast thinkers and entirely uninterested in the furry faced men following them climbed up into the oaks and the Spaniards climbed up after them. Well, to the dismay of the men, their beards became hopelessly tangled in the branches. As they struggled the women climbed down and escaped, but the poor lovelorn explorers stayed high in the trees. They eventually passed away, but their beards remain and continue to grow and spread from tree to tree.


 


FLOR 244 Spanish Moss
Photo credit: Ken Marks



Spanish Moss
(Tillandsia usneoides)

For more information about this flower please visit
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants Institute for Systematic Botany


Five hundred Florida artists are sought to create art for FLOR500, 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 commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013. For more information click here.


 

 

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
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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