FLOR 303, Simpson Stopper, Myrcianthes fragrans, FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art, 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 303
Simpson Stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans)

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FLOR 304 by Marcy Brennan 

Grace Leal, "FLOR 303: Simpson Stopper (Myrcianthes Fragans)," Digital collage, drawing, 20" x  20", 2013. (CC) 


About the Artist

Grace Leal is a multi-media artist working across several disciplines: mixed-media installations, sculptures, and 2-dimensional paintings, collages and monotypes.
She maintains a studio in Cocoa, Florida.


Artist's Statement

My son, Jorge Leal, a landscape architect, designed and installed a native garden in my home.
The upkeep is minimal; there is no grass to mow, very little watering, and only some occasional weeding and pruning.
He chose Simpson Stopper, not only for its hardiness and beauty, but because it attracts birds and butterflies.

 

FLOR 303 Simpson Stopper
Photo credit: Keith Bradley



Simpson Stopper
(Myrcianthes fragrans)

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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