FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art,artists, artist, 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
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Region 7 Southwest Florida (361-444) 
Counties for this region:Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota
FLOR500 Region 7 Tiled Drawing
FLOR500 Garden Planting Region 7       
On Monday, March 4th, 2013, Xavier Cortada joined Commissioner Donna Fiala, Chad Washburn, Denise McMahon and Patti DeGroot in planting and dedicating Region 7’s FLOR500 garden at the Collier County South Regional Library located at 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway in Naples, FL.
Cortada also delivered a presentation about FLOR500, his participatory art, nature, and history project commemorating Florida’s quincentennial in 2013.  
After the lecture, Cortada inaugurated the library’s FLOR500 exhibit for Region 7 artists, featuring nineteen artists from Southwest Florida who have contributed original art works for the FLOR 500 project. 

During the exhibit, Region 7 residents were invited to transform Cortada’s Region 7 tiled drawing into one-hundred wildflower gardens (see below).


Flower Drawing Process for Region 7

In March 2013, Cortada invited participants to transform his original drawing of a Coreopsis flower on exhibit at the Collier County South Library into 100 living gardens across Southwest 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 were 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 did they pay tribute to an important Floridian, but they will also help improve Florida’s biodiversity by growing native plants.You, too, can now participate.  Simply plant wildflowers and dedicate them to one of the (Region 7) Floridians listed below. 

You, too, can now participate.  Simply plant wildflowers and dedicate them to one of the (Region 7) Floridians listed below.


386. Carrie Abbe, Postmistress

387. Abiaka (Sam Jones), Seminole Leader 

388. Dr. Fred Albee, Orthopedic Surgeon, Developer

389. Deaconess Harriet Bedell, Humanitarian, Missionary - Glades Middle School

390. Josie Billie, Seminole Medicine Man 

391. Susie Billie, Seminole Medicine Woman

392. Emma E. Booker, Educator

393. Billy Bowlegs III, Seminole Elder 

394. William Henry Brown, Trading Post Owner 

395. John Browning, Colonist

396. Peter E. Buchan, County Commissioner

397. Owen Burns, Developer - Lourdes Fernandez

398. Ruth Butler, Supporter of the Arts

399. Chakaika (Follow After), Seminole Leader 

400. Chitto Tustenuggee (Snake Warrior), Seminole Leader 

401. John Chupco, Seminole Leader - Flower Guys

402. Coacoochee (Wild Cat), Seminole Leader 

403. Barron Collier, Businessman 

404. Lewis Colson, Community Activist

405. Josephine Cortes, Publisher

406. Billy L. Cypress, Museum Director 

407. Charlie Cypress, Seminole Canoe-builder 

408. Julian Dimock, Photographer 

409. A.B. Edwards, Civic Leader

410. Roger Flory, Publisher, Activist

411. John Henry Floyd, Builder

412. John Hamilton Gillespie, Developer, Civic Leader

413. W. Stanley Hanson, Advocate 

414. Fanneal Harrison, Educator

415. Harry Higel, Mayor

416. Philip Hiss, Developer

417. Holata Micco (Billy Bowlegs), Seminole Leader 

418. Florence Johnson, Postmaster

419. Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Community Leader 

420. MacKinlay Kantor, Author

421. Jesse Knight, Rancher

422. George D. Lindsay, Editor

423. Clay MacCauley, Ethnologist 

424. John Nolen, Town Planner

425. John "Buck” O’Neil, Baseball Player and Manager

426. Bill Osceola, Seminole Community Leader 

427. Reverend Billy Osceola, Seminole Minister and Community Leader 

428. Corey Osceola, Seminole Promoter 

429. Dorothy Scott Osceola, Seminole Activist and Community Leader

430. Jimmy O’Toole Osceola, Seminole Community Leader 

431. Bertha Honoré Palmer, Socialite, Businesswoman

432. Polly Parker (Madeloyee), Seminole Leader 

433. Calvin N. Payne, Sarasota Benefactor 

434. Charles Ringling, Circus Leader, Developer

435. John Ringling, Circus Leader, Developer

436. Seminole Indians 

437. Alanson Skinner, Anthropologist 

438. William Sturtevant, Anthropologist

439. Täl-la-häs-ke Fustvstvnuke (Tallahassee), Seminole Leader 

440. Kenneth Thompson, City Manager - Alessandro Luchetti

441. Ralph Twitchell, Architect

442. William H. Whitaker, Pioneer

443. Rose Wilson, Publisher - David Marte

444. Dr. Cullen Bryant Wilson, Physician



 This list of Historic Figures was compiled by our History Steering Committee:




      Sarasota County History Center
Sarasota County History Center
Sarasota, FL
    Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
Clewiston, FL
    Museum of Florida History

Museum of Florida History
Tallahassee, FL


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.




FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
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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