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Get  your Native Flag:

Participating residents are asked to plant a native tree alongside the green project flag in their yard and state: 

"I hereby reclaim this land for nature." 

The project's conspicuous green flags serve as a catalyst for conversations with neighbors, who will be encouraged to join the effort and help rebuild  their native tree canopy. Ideally, as they watch each tree grow,  their interest in the environment will also grow.


The project's green flag (above) portrays Xavier Cortada's design for the Native Flags project. 

  • Make it yourself:
    To make your flag, just attach a green cloth to a pole, using paint a leaf in white at the center and write:
     "I hereby reclaim this land for nature" and ""

Get  your Native Tree

Participants should consult with their local native plant societies and/or nurseries for the proper selection and purchase of trees native to their community.  You can learn more about the artist's urban reforestation eco-art practice by visiting

About the eco-art project
Fusing art, scientific knowledge, and civic engagement, Native Flags seeks to involve individuals, like you, directly in restoration efforts through the planting, maintaining and protection of native trees.
The restoration of native trees offsets the threat of global warming. This effect has turned urban reforestation effort into a top priority by planting drought-tolerant native plant species. These native plant species reduce the effects of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming and increase the amount of clean air present.
Why should we preserve our native environments? Environmental preservation is necessary for cities and towns to have the clean water, clean air, and rich soil that people need. These resources are a result of a delicate system formed by native animals and plants . This system is thrown off balance with the removal or addition of new species, resulting in lower quality resources that yield health and economic problems among people.

Because the pace native reforestation is so slow, we need to think and act quickly and creatively to increase public awareness and understanding of the need to engage in reforestation. With your involvement, Native Flags aims to stimulate commitment and action toward that end.

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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