15 YEARS OF

RECLAMATION PROJECT

University of Miami Professor of Practice Xavier Cortada exhibits a quindecennial of engaging Floridians in native vegetation reforestation at the UM CAS Wynwood Gallery
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ABOUT RECLAMATION PROJECT
Reclamation Project was launched on Earth Day 2006 at the Bass Museum with two hundred fifty-two red mangrove seedlings installed in a grid in clear, water-filled cups
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WHY SHOULD WE

PROTECT MANGROVES?

Mangrove forests provide a variety of services to humans and ecosystems alike including protection from storm surge and erosion, shelter for wildlife, and storage of carbon dioxide
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Cortada’s fascination with mangroves began in his childhood when he first saw the peculiar shape of the propagule floating near the surface of Key Biscayne’s waters. He came to think of these seeds as a metaphor for the immigrant: floating to a new shore, putting down roots and contributing to a fertile new home community.

Since Miami Mangrove Forest, a 2004 metaphoric reforestation of Downtown Miami neighborhoods, and Reclamation Project, a 15-year-long urban reforestation eco-art intervention beginning in 2006, mangroves have become a central theme in Cortada’s public art, socially engaged art projects, and commissioned works.

The Reclamation Project also lives on today through Cortada’s iterations in Native Flags, Underwater HOA, Plan(T), FLOR500 and Flower Force, encouraging locals to restore native habitats as coastal cities like Miami plan for a future with rising seas.