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This is a bit of a flashback, but I participated in the group project FLOR 500 by Xavier Cortada last year in Florida. From the website:


FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project created by Miami artist Xavier Cortada to commemorate Florida’s quincentennial in 2013. The project marks the importance of the moment when the history of our state changed forever and gives us a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago.

500 flowers 
A team of scientists selected the 500 native flowers-  the same ones that grew in our state when Juan Ponce de Leon landed in 1513 and named it "La Florida”–from "flor," the Spanish word for flower.

 500 artists 

Five hundred Floridians were then invited to depict 500 native wildflowers. The artwork, along with information about each flower, will be posted on the project website (

500 gardens
A team of historians selected individuals who helped shape Florida history.  Florida schools and libraries (across the 67 counties and 8 regions) are encouraged to plant 500 wildflower gardens, dedicating them to one of 500 important Floridians selected by a team of historians.  These 500 new native habitats will help support Florida’s biodiversity.

Based at the FIU | College of Architecture + The Arts where he serves as artist-in-residence, the effort furthers Cortada’s long-standing commitment to eco-art projects that engage community and expose human impact on the environment.



Since I was living in Panama City when I decided to participate, I chose a flower from Florida's northwest region, the Fringed Bluestar. Below is the link to my page on Cortada's site:


This drawing is 5" x 7" on rag paper, using pencil, pen and ink, gouache and gold leaf.