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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.
LIST OF REGIONS AND THEIR COUNTIES
Region 1 Northwest Florida (1 -60)
Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington
Region 2 : North Central Florida (61-120)
Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor,Union, Wakulla
Region 3 Northeast Florida (121-180)
Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
Region 4 Central West Florida (181-240)
Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk
Region 5 Central Florida (241-300)
Lake, Marion, Orange,Seminole, Sumter
Region 6 Central East Florida (301-360)
Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Osceola, St. Lucie, Volusia
Region 7 Southwest Florida (361-410)
Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota
Region 8 Southeast Florida (411-500)
Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach
Region 2 : North Central Florida (91-148) Counties for this region: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Wakulla
On March 22, 2012, Secretary of State Ken Detzner hosted Xavier Cortada and the Florida Wildflower Foundation for a native wildflower planting in Tallahassee. This was the first of the FLOR500 Gardens planted, and it featured Coreopsis lanceolata, the official state wildflower. It was planted in front of the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee, FL and dedicated to Florida's indigenous people.
Xavier Cortada's 2001 installation, "Prime: The Residual Fountain of Youth," was on display The Thomas Center Gallery, Gainesville, FL on Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Cortada lead participants in "Agua,” a participatory ritualistic performance as part of commemorating the 500th Anniversary Ponce de Leon’s Landing in Florida.
Over 30 original art works by contemporary Florida artists documenting the history of the Fountain story in Florida and exploring interpretations of the significance of the story in their own lives and in the life of our community were part of the exhibit held at The Thomas Center Gallery.
Cortada also delivered a presentation about FLOR500, his participatory art, nature, and history project commemorating Florida’s quincentennial in 2013 and planted a FLOR500 garden.
On August 3, 2013, Cortada is inviting participants at the Focus Gallery at University of Florida, to transform his original drawing of a Coreopsis flower on into 100 living gardens across North Central Florida. His drawing had been cut into 100 tiled pieces; each tile had with a packet of Florida wildflower seeds attached to the back. Participants will be asked to take the drawing and seeds home and plant a garden dedicated to one of 500 Floridians who helped shape Florida history during the past 500 years (or to a Floridian who is special in their lives). In the process not only will they pay tribute to an important Floridian, but they will also help improve Florida’s biodiversity by growing native plants.
Along with Cortada's Tiled Drawings, is an accompanying exhibition curated by Prof. Bethany Taylor showcasing FLOR500 artists from Region 2 - North Central Florida.
You, too, can now participate. Simply plant wildflowers and dedicate them to one of the (Region 2) Floridians listed below.
This participatory art project by Miami artist Xavier Cortada (http://www.cortada.com/) commemorates the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon's landing in Florida. It is being presented through the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts / Office of Engaged Creativity in partnership with the Florida Higher Education Arts Network, the Museum of Florida History and VIVA FLORIDA 500.