FLOR 247,Slender Flattop Goldenrod (Euthamia caroliniana), FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art,James Lasley 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 247
Slender Flattop Goldenrod (Euthamia caroliniana)


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 FLOR 247 by James Lasley

James Lasley, "FLOR 247: Slender Flattop Goldenrod (Euthamia caroliniana),"  metal,14" x 7" x 2", 2011. (CC)   

 

About the Artist

Sculpting with metal gives me a powerful feeling of liberation, and timeless permanence.  My passion for building sculptures from re-purposed metal comes from a deep personal desire to transform the past, and leave my signature on the future.  Building sculptures using the unique shapes of metal objects from salvage yards is a mutual corroboration. I do not pre-design my work because I never know what object will "fit" into my creation at any given moment.  Everything is made-up of vibrating atoms. As I weld these salvaged parts together, I feel the new vibrations of the transformation.  It's an experience of re-birth, and freedom. The once noble devise or tool has escaped, and released into the wild world of art.  All the elements of my artwork, have been here all along, only hiding in another form, some other metallic disguise.  The only "found object” in this process is me, the sculptor.  My artistic reward is the satisfaction of being the liberator of ageless vibrating atoms, into a new body… a new disguise.

Artist's Statement

"Like a wildflower, freedom and justice is very fragile.  The Slender Flattop Goldenrod seeks water, nourishment and the light, as do all people under oppression, hunger and pain.  I made this sculpture in honor of the many people that gave their lives during the "Jasmine Revolution," of 2012 so that others could to grow and blossom without fear.  May we all remember them as wild flowers, bright and strong, and full of the joys of life." 

 

 

 

 

 


 


FLOR 247 Slender Flattop Gold
Photo credit: Matthew Merritt



Slender Flattop Goldenrod
(Euthamia caroliniana)

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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