Hanging Gardens, eco-art, Sam Van Leer, Urban Paradise Guild, Miami-Dade Public Library, Xavier Cortada
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Hanging Gardens: Participate
During 2010-11, Cortada is working with Urban Paradise Guild and its volunteers in the implementation of this participatory eco-art project.  Click here to download Newsletter PDF.

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Participants will:
  • Remove invasive exotics across Miami-Dade County and collect the removed specimens for use in Hanging Gardens project. 
  • Inspired by Cortada's concepts, test and development of best processes for creation of hand-made works using exotic invasive trees and plants. Method should be one that can be easily replicated at home by the community at large.
  • Based on best methods selected, create works to be included in the Hanging Gardens exhibit.
The Hanging Gardens project is being coordinated locally by Sam Van Leer.  To participate  please contact him at sam@urban-paradise.org.  Urban Paradise Guild's mission is to re-create native habitats in the Urban areas of Miami-Dade County, and to promote sustainable models for healthy living that safeguard, enhance and integrate the human and natural worlds for the benefit of both.  For more information please visit: http://www.urban-paradise.org or click here to download Newsletter PDF.

Auburn University
Using exotic invasive plants from East-Central Alabama, Hanging Gardens has also been implemented as the final assignment (download class syllabus PDF) in Professor Christopher McNulty's combined intermediate-level and advanced-level sculpture class during Spring 2010 at Auburn University.  

Click here to download compilation of Spring 2010 Auburn art students' Hanging Gardens sculptures.

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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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