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FLOR 499
Florida Butterfly Orchid (Encyclia tampensis)

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FLOR499 by Lea Nickless

Lea Nickless, "FLOR 499: Florida Butterfly Orchid," watercolor and graphite, 7" x 4.5", 2011 (CC).

About the artist

Lea Nickless uses watercolors, mixed media and the structure of the book to explore her vision. Her work is found in the collections of Scripps College, the University of Central Florida and the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book. She has also worked in museums and arts administration in Miami for many years.


Artist’s Statement:

I am drawn to the fecund beauty of the natural world and the interconnectedness of all things -- the delicate web that connects all life and energy, both the seen and the unseen, and the tension between restriction and release.


Flor499 Butterfly Orchid
Photo credit: Roger Hammer

FLOR 499
Florida Butterfly Orchid
(Encyclia tampensis)

For more information about this flower please visit
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants Institute for Systematic Botany


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.

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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