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Now that you have adopted one of the 360 endangered animals featured in our participatory ecoart project (*see http://www.xaviercortada.com/?EW_bnp), please document your experience following through on your pledge: Write us a description of your action and send us pictures, or other forms of documentation. Include the name of the animal you've "adopted" and the longitude where it struggles for survival.
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Instructions for Participants (including links) in the Endangered World: Biscayne National Park Installation

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Saturday, January 9, 2010
Updated: Saturday, January 9, 2010

I thought it would be a good idea to give you more explicit instructions and actual links on how to adopt an animal for the Endangered World: Biscayne National Park Installation project, http://www.xaviercortada.com/?EW_BNP.

Instructions:


To select the animal you will "adopt,” look through images on the webpages of the 360 endangered animals listed at http://www.xaviercortada.com/?EW_species.   At the bottom of each animal’s webpage is an external link with more information about each animal.

Once you’ve selected your animal, see if it still available for adoption by visiting list:http://www.xaviercortada.com/?EW_BNP_available. (If the animal’s name appears crossed out, you must go back and find another animal of interest to you).  Write down its common name, scientific name and longitude (e.g., 79W). 

Proceed to fill out the online form: http://www.xaviercortada.com/?EW_BNP_application

To purchase the actual flag, make a $5 donation online to the South Florida National Parks Trust at http://www.southfloridaparks.org/donate.html

After you have made your payment, you will be contacted by Arielle Angel, Endangered World: Biscayne National Park Installation project manager, to confirm that you are responsible for adopting that animal and make arrangements for your to receive the plain color flag and return it once it has been painted by you.

Inspired by the images and information available on the websites, draw or paint the animal you adopted on the center of the flag and add the scientific name and longitude somewhere on the flag.

A total of  360 brightly colored flags will line the roads and trails at Convoy Point for over a mile, each representing one degree of the planet's longitude. Endangered World: Biscayne National Park will be installed by February 14. 

You are invited to the opening event for the project on February 21, 2010, a full moon, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Dante Fascell Visitors Center Gallery at Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328 Street, Homestead, Florida  33033.

Please feel free to contact Arielle Angel at participatory.artprojects@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Xavier

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Miami Artist Mounting Installation at Biscayne National Park

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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 Lauren Himiak
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By Lauren Himiak, About.com Guide to National & State Parks

Miami Artist Mounting Installation at Biscayne National Park

Tuesday November 24, 2009
© Xavier Cortada

On January 4, 2007, Xavier Cortada planted 51 flags for the 50th anniversary of the opening of the South Pole station.

Miami artist Xavier Cortada is doing big things at Biscayne National Park's Convoy Point this winter and spring. To mark the United Nations' "International Year of Biodiversity," the park will showcase Endangered World: Biscayne National Park, featuring 360 brightly colored flags lining the roads and trails at Convoy Point representing one degree of the planet's longitude and an endangered or threatened animal that lives at that longitude.

Individuals and organizations will adopt an animal to paint on one of the flags and commit to an "eco-action" that directly or indirectly alleviates the hardships of that animal. Participants can create flags and commit to actions on their own, or they can take part in flag-painting workshops in December and January. The flags will be on display from February 14 to May 1, 2010.

If you are interested, more information can be found online.

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Why You Should Get Involved

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Updated: Thursday, November 5, 2009

Endangered World: 

Biscayne National Park Installation


About | Participate | Blog | Exhibit Info



Why You Should Get Involved

This is a great opportunity to be a part of a participatory art project that raises awareness about climate change and the subsequent threats to biodiversity. You will be joined by hundreds of likeminded South Floridians of all ages, occupations, and nationalities, standing with them to tackle global climate change and to commit to action. This eco-art intervention aimed to connect South Floridians with each other and, by connecting each person to a struggling species, the natural world. 

(Left: Xavier Cortada's Endangered World: South Pole Installation, 2007).



Make a Flag, Make a Pledge

Make a Flag

By applying to adopt an animal, you are committing to making a flag for that animal. Miami artist Xavier Cortada is currently going through the process of drawing each and every one of these endangered species. As an adoptee, you will make your own special flag displaying an image of your adopted animal.

Here are the rules:

  1. Each flag must include an image of the animal, its name and the degree on which it struggles for survival.
  2. You may also wish to write your ecoaction (e.g., "I pledge to plant 33 native trees.").
  3. Your flags will ultimately be displayed outdoors in Biscayne National Park, and must be able to withstand the elements. Therefore, washable paint or markers are not allowed. Make sure you choose permanent materials for your image.
  4. The content of each flag must be appropriate for public display.
  5. All flags must be completed and delivered to the park by January 31, 2010.
  6. Upon submittal, the flags become property of the National Park Service.

Don’t worry if you are not an artist. We will be holding optional workshops in the weeks before the final flag dedication ceremony. These workshops will be led by Arielle Angel, a local artist and the Project Manager for the Endangered World Project. Arielle will teach you several creative techniques you can use to render your adopted animal including stencil-making, Xerox transfers, and traditional painting and drawing techniques. These workshops will also be a good opportunity to meet other participants, exchange ideas and start working on your flag.  Scroll down for schedules and more information about workshops.

 

Pledge an "Eco-action"

On your application to adopt an animal, you will be asked to make a pledge to engage in one "eco-action" that can limit the effects of climate change.

Think about the factors that threaten your animal’s survival. Since many of these animals are suffering on account of global climate change, your action may be aimed at reducing your carbon footprint—making an effort to ride a bicycle to work, or make your home more energy-efficient.

There is no action too big or too small. If you’ve never taken steps in your personal life to fighting climate change, then baby steps are welcome. We encourage you to aim high, but whatever it is, just make sure you can do it. Big projects are grand, but they don’t mean anything if they don’t get done. Make sure to make a pledge that is not going to fall by the wayside.

 

Document and connect

Document your experience following through on your pledged "eco-action." 

Write us a description of your eco-action and send us pictures, or other forms of documentation. Your "eco-actions” can also be posted up on the project blog (click here), where you can also see what others are doing. 

You will also have the option of participating in a closing ceremony at Biscayne National Park on May 1st, 2010.  This event will coincide with National Geographic’s BioBlitz event. The event, to take place in May, will give you the opportunity to present your flag and your project as the park celebrates its biodiversity.

 

How to Adopt

You can apply to adopt an animal (click here). We strongly encourage a nominal donation of $5 per flag to cover the cost of the 

flag itself, and the materials needed for installation.  Please make your donation by mailing a check (write "Endangered World: Biscayne National Park" on the Memo Line) to:

South Florida National Parks Trust
1390 South Dixie Highway
 #2203
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Tel. 305.665.4769
Email: info@southfloridaparks.org


You can also make a donation online at http://www.southfloridaparks.org/donate.html

Workshops

Scheduled workshops (locations and times to be announced) will take place between December 19th and January 24th. 


Link to Blog

 Please Click here to post information (e.g., eco-pledge, pictures of flag and eco-action, name of "adopted" species and longitude) on the participants' blog.

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Participate in our ecoart project: "Adopt" one of 360 animals

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Updated: Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Endangered World: Biscayne National Park Installation is a participatory ecoart project that invites 360 South Florida residents to pledge an "action” that will help mitigate the threats to one of 360 endangered animals from around the world. To demonstrate this connection, each participant is asked to make a small flag for the animal they've adopted.  

The 360 flags will be installed at Biscayne National Park on February 14th, 2010 and remain through May 1st, 2010 , please click here for more information.

This blog allows participants to share their eco-actions they are engaging in locally to protect endangered animals globally.

Peace,
X

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