McKee Botanical Garden

This installation, located in McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach, Florida, comprises a series of colorful ceramic tile murals and sculptures that aim to evoke feelings of love, joy, and reverence by celebrating the local flora that flourishes within the garden.

Love, Joy and Reverence
One of three sculptures depicting local flora at the entrance of a trail in McKee Botanical Garden, “Love” (in red) exudes warmth, encouraging visitors to embrace the power of love, find solace in the beauty of their surroundings, and reflect on their deep appreciation for nature.
“Joy” radiates vibrant yellow hues, inviting visitors to revel in the exuberance that nature bestows. It serves as a reminder to lean into joy and find inspiration amidst the serenity of the garden. ”Reverence” (in blue) aims to instill a sense of awe and respect for the interconnectedness of all living things. It prompts reflection on the beauty of nature and inspires a deep reverence for the natural world.

Strength and Resilience
At the end of the
McKee Botanical Garden trail one finds two vibrant, ceramic-tile clad sculptures inviting visitors to embrace the transformative power of nature, connect with its inherent resilience, and reflect on the strength we each possess to foster a more sustainable society. “Strength” (in orange) emanates a sense of determination and fortitude. This artwork inspires visitors to tap into their inner strength, find solace in nature’s nurturing embrace, and emerge stronger than before. “Resilience” (in green) stands as a testament to the unwavering spirit found in nature and within ourselves, urging visitors to embrace their ability to overcome challenges, adapt, and thrive.

Special thanks to landscape architect David Sacks who collaborated with Cortada in developing this project for McKee Garden.