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Art Basel 2014: FREEDOM celebrates 10th Anniversary of Cortada’s MIAMI MANGROVE FOREST
February 16, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Art Basel 2014: The 10th anniversary of the creation of Xavier Cortada’s Miami Mangrove Forest will be commemorated at “Freedom: Art + Technology + Music” in Wynwood Arts District. The Miami Mangrove Forest was an important effort because it not only transformed a very public space with paint (in pre-Wynwood Walls Miami), but the public art was the precursor for The Reclamation Project, an eco-art project that engaged hundreds of volunteers in reforesting the Biscayne Bay.
10th Anniversary of Xavier Cortada’s
The exhibit photodocuments the public art piece and its accompanying installation at the OMNIART fair a decade ago. The work is exhibited as part of Freedom: Art + Technology + Music — an art fair presented by Freebee in the Wynwood Arts District during Art Basel 2014.
The exhibit will be open from noon to 8pm from December 3rd to 8th and will feature the videos played during the 2004 OMNIART exhibit and a Reclamation Project eco-art installation created by Southside Elementary School students this year. During opening day, December 3rd, Freebee electric vehicles will transport visitors from the exhibit site in Wynwood to the Miami Mangrove Forest works beneath the I-95 underpass in downtown Miami.
Xavier Cortada’s 2004 Miami Mangrove Forest was an important effort because it not only transformed a very public space with paint (in pre-Wynwood Walls Miami), but the public art was the precursor for The Reclamation Project, an eco-art project that engaged hundreds of volunteers in reforesting the Biscayne Bay and inspired thousands to imagine what our community looked like before all the concrete was poured.
More than painting walls than painting on concrete walls, the eco-art served as the basis for all of the work our local science museum does to engage local residents in habitat restoration and environmental stewardship.
MIAMI MANGROVE FOREST (2004)
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 pencil drawings 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.
The originals drawings are on loan to Florida International University and are currently on display in University’s Executive Offices on the 5th floor of the Primera Casa building.