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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 7 Southwest Florida (361-444) Counties for this region:Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota
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
drawinginto 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.
too, can now participate. Simply plant
wildflowers and dedicate them to one of the (Region 7) 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.