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An art installation by Miami artist Xavier Cortada 
From December 1st 2013 through January 19th, 2014.

Ponce de Leon
500:  An art installation by Xavier Cortada commemorating the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon's journey to Florida.  In 1513, the Spanish explorer visited Key Biscayne and named it Santa Marta. It is the only location on our peninsula we know with certainty as having hosted Ponce de Leon.

Cortada's "500" exhibit at Key Biscayne's Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Preserve will include an installation of 500 porcelain sculptures depicting Florida's native wildflowers-- the same ones that grew in our state when Juan Ponce de Leon landed in 1513 and named it "La Florida”–from "flor," the Spanish word for flower.

                                                                                 Photo by Glenn Beil /Democrat 
Cortada's flower installation will be transformed into 500 living gardens across the community: 
Each flower sculpture comes with a packet of Florida wildflower seeds.  Those purchasing the sculptures are asked to take both the sculpture and seeds home and plant a garden dedicated to one of 500 Floridians who helped shape Florida history during the past 500 years (or to a Floridian who is special in their lives).  To see list please visit  

Proceeds from sales benefit the Biscayne Nature Center and FIU College of Architecture + The Arts student scholarships.


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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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