News: Miami Beach Earth Day Celebration

Eco-Art Project on the Beach

The City of Miami Beach is asking that residents and organizations participate in the Native Flag Eco-Art Project in celebration of Earth Day. Over 300 flags will be made by prior to the event. At the event, non-profits and sponsors will be available to assist individuals with flag making. Flags will be made from reusable materials such as old T-shirts and limbs and sticks from non-native trees.

At 4pm., hundreds of flag bearers will stake their flags together along the Miami Beach shoreline in support of Earth Day and their “green” messages.

This project, designed by Xavier Cortado (FIU Artist-in-Residence), gives participants an opportunity to create a flag that depicts an eco-action they pledge to engage in to support the environment; the participant will then plant their flag in a parade line on the shoreline and proclaim “I hereby reclaim myself for nature.”

Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Florida History, Miami Science Museum and the Frost Art Museum. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Holland, Hawaii and Latvia.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 27, Noon – 4pm. Lummus Park Beach at 9 Street, Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7730


1. Students and faculty, organizations, businesses, and individuals are encouraged to make their Native Flags out of recycled materials, secure to a pole for ‘beach’ planting, and bring it to the event. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department will also organize flag-painting stations to help make a flag during the event.

2. Everyone who has a flag will work to the shoreline, pledge to engage in an eco-action to support our environment, plant their flag on the sand, and proclaim: “I hereby reclaim myself for nature.”

3. At 4:30PM, everyone will uproot their flag and participate in the parade.

4. Participants will be able to upload their photos and post their eco-actions online here or here.

 (Download a PDF of the flag summit: treesummit_flyer_for_earth_d)

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