native flora: mangroves & wildflowers
Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places commissioned Xavier Cortada to paint 36 ceramic flat tile murals for the entrances of buildings at Liberty Square, a new 753-unit residential complex in Liberty City in Miami, Florida. Cortada’s public art pieces depict the very native plants that he engages the public to reforest through his long-standing participatory eco-art projects: mangroves and wildflowers.
“Painting mangrove roots on new buildings keeps us grounded; it reminds us of Liberty City’s deep history,” said Cortada. “Flowers celebrate the lives of residents who through the decades helped grow and build community on-site here, at one of the nation’s oldest public housing complexes.”