FLOR 419, Sevenyear Apple, Casasia clusiifolia, FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art,Kathryn Barry 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 419
Sevenyear Apple (Casasia clusiifolia)

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FLOR 419 by Kathryn Barry  

Kathryn Barry," FLOR 419: Sevenyear Apple (Casasia clusiifolia)”, oil, 11" x 14", 2013. (CC)  


About the Artist

Kathryn studied art history at La Sorbonne and continued to actively appreciate and collect art throughout her life. After visiting the Georgia O’Keeffe museum in Santa Fe during the summer of ’10, she was inspired to pick up the pencil & brush and now paints in pastels, oils and acrylics. Her joy and inspiration come from painting images and impressions gathered in her lifelong journey.

Artist's Statement

I was so inspired by this FLOR500 project. I am an avid gardener; the thought that these flowers were native here in FL over 500 years ago just is mind-boggling! This painting reflects my enthusiasm for using Florida's native plants in our gardens. I chose to depict this particular plant, the Seven Year Apple, because I have admired it growing in my area.


Flor419 Sevenyear Apple
Photo credit: Roger Hammer

Sevenyear Apple
(Casasia clusiifolia)

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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