FLOR 305, Gray Nicker Bean, Caesalpinia bonduc, 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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Region 6 Central East Florida

 FLOR 305
Gray Nicker Bean (Caesalpinia bonduc)

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Christine Thomas, "FLOR 305: Gray Nicker Bean (Caesalpinia bonduc),"  acrylic, 16" x 20",  2013 (CC)

 

About the Artist

I have always had a love of painting and creating. I began as a silk screen artist, progressed to fiber art, decorative painting and silk painting, faux finishing, murals and fine art. I am currently an instructor at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, teaching adults and children, plus I am involved in the Museum's Outreach program. I also have a studio/gallery in downtown Fort Pierce.

Artist's Statement

The name got me first - the Gray Nicker Bean - then the bean itself. It is so unusual. While recently creating a mural for the City of Vero Beach on it's history, (with two other artists), we did a lot of research, but this plant got by us. I love the outer spikey parts while the little blue/gray beans lay inside. The Gray Nicker Bean could have been in the movie 'The Little Shop of Horrors'!

 

FLOR 305 Gray Nicker Bean
Photo credit:  Bob Bierman


Gray Nicker Bean
(Caesalpinia bonduc)

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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