During 2010-11, Cortada is working with Urban Paradise Guild and its volunteers in the implementation of this participatory eco-art project. Click here to download Newsletter PDF.
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The Hanging Gardens project is being coordinated locally by Sam Van Leer. To participate please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Urban Paradise Guild's mission is to re-create native habitats in the Urban areas of Miami-Dade County, and to promote sustainable models for healthy living that safeguard, enhance and integrate the human and natural worlds for the benefit of both. For more information please visit: http://www.urban-paradise.org or click here to download Newsletter PDF.
- Remove invasive exotics across Miami-Dade County and collect the removed specimens for use in Hanging Gardens project.
- Inspired by Cortada's concepts, test and development of best processes for creation of hand-made works using exotic invasive trees and plants. Method should be one that can be easily replicated at home by the community at large.
- Based on best methods selected, create works to be included in the Hanging Gardens exhibit.
Using exotic invasive plants from East-Central Alabama, Hanging Gardens has also been implemented as the final assignment (download class syllabus PDF) in Professor Christopher McNulty's combined intermediate-level and advanced-level sculpture class during Spring 2010 at Auburn University. Click here to download compilation of Spring 2010 Auburn art students' Hanging Gardens sculptures.