Wildflowers magically rise from the soil in a triumphant celebration of color and form. They are architectural masterpieces, miniature cathedrals. Wildflowers can have medicinal properties and carry cultural significance. They can have practical uses and provide food and shelter to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other species. Wildflowers allow the planet’s pollinators, with whom they co‐evolved through time, to fulfill their joint responsibility of sustaining life’s fragile web. An intricate and complex biological process that makes Earth verdant, sustains all animals (including humans) and balances atmospheric gases (that accelerate global climate change).
Give the gift of a garden or create your own. Put this ceramic piece in your yard next to any assortment of wildflowers that you can purchase from the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative. Each sculpture is hand painted so there is variation in the glazing, coloration and hues of the blue flowers.
Xavier Cortada is Artist-in-Residence at Pinecrest Gardens and professor of practice at the University of Miami Department of Art and Art History. Over the past three decades, the Cuban-American artist has created art at the North and South poles and across 6 continents, including more than 75 public artworks and dozens of installations, collaborative murals and socially engaged projects. The crux of Cortada’s work finds itself rooted in a deep conceptual engagement of his participants. Particularly environmentally focused, the work Cortada develops is intended to generate awareness and action towards issues of global climate change.