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Reclamation Project Reception
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Reclamation Project Reception

12/13/2010 to 2/15/2011
When: Reception: Monday, December 13th, 2010
6 to 8 pm
Where: Union Credit Bank
1150 South MIami Avenue
Miami, Florida  33130
United States
Contact: Fernando Bretos

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by Xavier Cortada

Xavier Cortada, "Roots C," acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36", 2007 (

"Roots C" painting by Xavier Cortada, 2007
Five years ago Miami artist Xavier Cortada brought awareness to the importance of mangroves by launching the Reclamation Project at the Bass Museum of Art. Annually, the eco-art project's volunteers collect mangrove propagules, grow them for several months inside clear cups hanging on Lincoln Road store fronts (earlier site of a mangrove forest), and then plant the seedlings nearby on Biscayne Bay.

To celebrate eight acres of coastal reforestation to date, on December 10th, 2010, Union Credit Bank is hosting a reception to benefit the Reclamation Project.  Cortada's paintings of the celebrated coastal plant will be on display, with proceeds from sales benefiting The Reclamation Project.

Several paintings from this series hang permanently in the newly inaugurated University of Miami Alumni Center; others are on loan to the residence of the US Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea as part of the State Department's Art in Embassies program.

"Cyan Roots 2" painting by Xavier Cortada, 2006
"Mangrove Roots", a painting by Xavier Cortada, 2007.
Xavier Cortada, "Cyan Roots 2"
acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36", 2006
Xavier Cortada, "Mangrove Roots"
acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36", 2006

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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