FLOR500s 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.
Five hundred Floridians will be invited to depict 500 native wildflowers – 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. A team of scientists is selecting the 500 flowers. The artwork, along with information about each flower, will be posted on the project website (www.FLOR500.com).
Students from 500 schools across the state’s 67 counties (across 8 regions) will then 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.
If you are interested in participating or have questions contact:
Christopher Rodriguez, FLOR500 Coordinator
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Office: (305) 535-1459