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Dedication of the “Incorporation Palm” at Miami’s birthplace
July 28, 2008 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- 1: Theresa Gutierrez, student
- 8: Thelma Gibson, community leader
- 9: Hon. Ursula Ungaro, federal judge
- 6: Carl Juste, photojournalist
Each will then touch the palm tree with the palm of their hand and recommit themselves to growing the City of Miami.
South = 1
East = 8
North = 9
West = 6
According to historian Dr. Paul George, the city’s incorporation site –a stop in his historic tours of downtown Miami– is now a median at the base of the north side of the South Miami Avenue bridge in Downtown Miami.
Cortada’s conceptual piece references the past (1896) as a way of charting a course to a brighter future (the growing Royal Palm), the promise made by every generation that labors here. During Miami’s 109th birthday celebration, the Mayor and City Commissioners unveiled two murals at the entrance of City Hall. Cortada stated that he created these two murals because he wanted “to educate residents about their City’s history and its multicultural origins. By learning about our past we can build a future filled with mutual respect and understanding.”
The Incorporation Palm, a living monument, aims to do the same.
The work invites residents to dedicate themselves to bettering the city and in so doing become “Reincorporators.” Reincorporators will be able to post their Incorporation Palm photo, talk about their commitment to the city, and exchange ideas on how to better Miami.