FLOR 496,Cinnamon Bark (Canella winterana), 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 496
Cinnamon Bark (Canella winterana)


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FLOR 496 by Benjamin E. Groff 

  Benjamin E. Groff, "FLOR 496: Cinnamon Bark (Canella winterana)," mixed-media, 8" x 8",  2013. (CC)


About the Artist

Having been raised by a family of artists and teachers, Benjamin Groff has been an artist since grade school and has been teaching art for 20 years. Since college, he has produced hundreds of works that can be found in private collections throughout the United States, France, Spain, and Sweden. 


Artist's Statement

I believe that my work is never truly final. Through constant experimentation and research, I seek to develop new techniques that evoke a wide range of reactions from the viewer. I wish to expand the viewer's palette of appreciation and interest by pushing traditional boundaries beyond the realm of predisposition into the unknown.

 


FLOR 496 Cinnamon Bark
Photo credit: Roger Hammer



Cinnamon Bark 
(Canella winterana)

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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