FLOR 487,Florida Fishpoison Tree (Piscidia piscipula), 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 487
Florida Fishpoison Tree (Piscidia piscipula)

 

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 FLOR487 by Martina Gonzalez

Martina Gonzalez, "FLOR 487: Florida Fishpoison Tree (Piscidia piscipula)" graphite, water color, photography, digital, 24" x 13.5", 2013 (CC).

 

About the artist

Martina Gonzalez is a landscape and furniture designer. She strives to integrate her creativity and everyday life with the inspiration she receives from nature and its complexities. 

 



 

Artist’s Statement:

Piscidia piscipula was once used by indigenous people of the Caribbean as a means of catching fish. After trapping fish in shell-mounds during low tide, the plant was added to sedate the fish, allowing an easy catch. The artwork illustrates a relationship between a native flower and its indigenous use. The plant is still used as a medicine to this day. 

 

FLOR 487 Florida Fishpoison Tree
Photo credit: Keith Bradley

Florida Fishpoison Tree
(Piscidia piscipula)
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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