FLOR 64,American Eelgrass, Vallisneria americana, 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 64
American Eelgrass (Vallisneria americana)


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FLOR 64 by Margaret Ross Tolbert

Margaret Ross Tolbert, "FLOR 64: American Eelgrass (Vallisneria americana)",
oil and mixed media on canvas, 8" x 6",2011. (CC)

 

About the Artist

As an artist, I often feel my mission is to articulate the presence of unseen worlds. The waters of Florida offer us an different and often unfamiliar universe to experience, yet one that courses under our feet, Eelgrass flowers glow like small beacons in the distance in underwater forests of grasses in Florida freshwater springs.

 

Artist's Statement

Margaret Ross Tolbert is a Florida artist whose work reflects her immersion in the exotic, from travels on trade routes through ancient cultures, to the ideal destination of the springs of Florida. A painter, writer and performance artist, she documents the mysterious Sirena, denizen of Florida's freshwater springs. Her book AQUIFERious, chronicles her involvement with the springs and aquifers of Florida.

 

 

FLOR 64 American Eelgrass
Photo credit: Shirley Denton



American Eelgrass
(Vallisneria americana)

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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