A metaphoric reforestation of downtown Miami
Xavier Cortada, Miami Mangrove Forest (Downtown Miami, FL), 2004
City of Miami
Hands on Miami
Office of Mayor Manny Diaz
Office of Commissioner Johnny Winton
Downtown Development Authority
Downtown NET Service Center
Park West Parking, LLC
Ten Museum Park
Miami International University of Art and Design
The Show Works
Digital Spotlight Productions
Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council
In 2004, Miami artist Xavier Cortada worked with Hands on Miami volunteers to metaphorically reforest the I-95 underpasses in downtown Miami, Little Havana and Allapattah neighborhoods.
Cortada’s images of mangrove seedlings were used by volunteers to paint dozens of columns beneath I-95 and create the Miami Mangrove Forest.
The drawings were initially exhibited at Miami Art Fairs: OMNIART I in December 2004 (right top) and OMNIART II in January 2005 (right).