SPECIAL SECTION SPONSORED BY THE FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
In celebration of Hispanic
Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, Miami-based,
Cuban-American artist Xavier Cortada has created, for display in the
state Capitol, two large-scale murals depicting Florida’s Hispanic
heritage. The creation of the murals is part of a statewide
celebration, initiated by Governor Jeb Bush, to commemorate five
centuries of Hispanic history, culture, and prosperity in Florida.
his collaborative public artwork, Cortada has previously completed
commissions for the White House, The World Bank, and numerous other
project, he worked solo to create two large murals, each measuring
57" x 118" illustrating Florida’s unique Hispanic history.
portrays the first encounter between Ponce de Leon and Florida’s
indigenous residents against the back-drop of a beach and mangroves.
“The mangroves’ walking feet serve as a metaphor for the growth and
evolution of the state,” states Cortada.
The second mural
captures the journey many others have made since Ponce de Leon named
the state “La Florida.”
will be on display on the plaza level of the Capitol in Tallahassee
through October 31. For more information about Xavier Cortada, visit