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“The Reclamation Project explores our ability to coexist with the natural world.
It reminds us of what our community looked like before all the concrete was poured.”

                               — Xavier Cortada

Reclamation Project (South Beach), 2006.

Reclamation Project (South Beach), 2006.

 

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This participatory eco-art project was launched by Miami artist Xavier Cortada on Earth Day 2006, during the opening of a month-long installation at the Bass Museum of Art (see archives). In this inaugural year, 2,500 red mangrove seedlings were adopted by retail businesses across South Beach. In subsequent years, volunteers have collected seedlings from various Miami-Dade County locations where they would otherwise have perished and distributed them to retail and commercial businesses in South Beach, schools and the science museum.

Annually, the Reclamation Project plants thousands of mangroves on our bay, rebuilding ecosystems above and below the water line.

Since 2007, the coastal reforestation component of the Reclamation Project has been based at the Miami Science Museum, now the Frost Science Museum.

Annually, Frost Science Museum volunteers collect mangrove propagules in coastal areas. The propagules are then exhibited in clear, water-filled cups (see: Gallery of Installations) where they are nurtured into seedlings and eventually planted along coastal areas.  This coastal reforestation creates new habitats above and below the water line.

To participate visit http://www.frostscience.org/volunteer/


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The Reclamation Project explores our
ability to coexist with the natural world.
It reminds us of what our community
looked like before all the concrete was
poured.

For a few months, mangrove seedlings
will “reclaim” the island where they thrived
just a few decades ago.
Afterwards, the seedlings will be planted
along Biscayne Bay.

This new mangrove
colony will eventually rebuild ecosystems
above and below the water line.

Xavier Cortada
2006


Mangrove Installations

Mangrove “Reclamation” and Reforestation
Every year, Reclamation Project volunteers collect mangrove seedlings from nature preserves and distribute them across the community, symbolically “reclaiming” urban areas that once flourished with mangrove forests.

Mangroves are important for they create the interface between land and water where marine life takes hold.  Small fish find refuge from predators in their intricate roots, which also serve to protect the shoreline from erosion during hurricanes.  Biscayne Bay was once lined with mangroves.  Today, there are few places where mangrove seedlings can take root on Biscayne Bay because it has been  barricaded by man-made barriers such as sea walls and development.

The Reclamation Project installation at the Miami Science Museum displayed over 1,100 mangrove seedlings in clear, water-filled cups.  They grew there for a year until they were ready to be reforested.  At that time, another 1,100 seedlings would be nurtured in this re-permanent nursery.

These Red Mangrove seedlings, as well as those displayed in retail locations across South Beach, were planted by volunteers along Biscayne Bay.

** CLICK HERE to download Coastal Reforestation PDF


Bass Museum of Art
Miami Beach, FL 2006


Lincoln Road retail
Miami Beach, FL 2006


Flamingo/Scope Art Fair
Sculpture Garden,
Miami Beach 2006

Miami Science Museum
Miami, FL 2007

Lincoln Theatre
Miami Beach, FL 2007

Colony Theatre
Miami Beach, FL 2007

St. Thomas School
Miami, FL 2008

Tampa Preparatory School
Tampa, FL 2008

Florida Botanical Gardens
Largo, FL 2008

(download PDF to see images)

Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL 2006
South Beach Lincoln Road retail, Miami Beach, FL 2006 
Flamingo/Scope Art Fair Sculpture Garden, Miami Beach 2006
Miami Science Museum, Miami, FL 2007
Lincoln Theatre, Miami Beach, FL 2007
Colony Theatre, Miami Beach, FL 2007
St. Thomas School, Miami, FL 2008
Tampa Preparatory School, Tampa, FL 2008
Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo, FL 2008

Auburn University, AL 2009
Ransom Everglades, Miami, FL 2009

Events

To participate visit the Frost Science MUVE program at  http://www.frostscience.org/volunteer/.
The archived website is www.reclamationproject.net
Photos are uploaded on the Reclamation Project Facebook Fan Page.  Please visit http://www.facebook.com/reclamationproj
You may also experience the Reclamation Project from its inaugural years by looking through the photo album below.

Precursor Events

2005 Events

2004 Events

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