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Florida is…   Burrowing OwlsEastern Indigo Snakes | Florida Panthers | Florida Bog Frogs | Gopher TortoisesKey Deer | Lower Keys Rabbits
Miami Blue Butterflies | Red Wolves | Red-cockaded Woodpeckers | Reticulated Flatwoods Salamanders | Stock Island Tree Snails | Wood storks
(Ft. Drum Plaza, Florida Turnpike)

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Cortada portrayed Florida’s endangered land animals in Florida Turnpike’s Ft. Drum plaza (near Orlando).  At the main entrance visitors are greeted by an 8’ x 20’ mural of a Florida Panther.  “I created the mural in small rectangular pieces to resemble city blocks on a map,” said Cortada.  “In the work, I wanted to reference how cars and buildings continue to overtake the panther’s natural habitat.  We must find a better way to coexist with nature.”

In the dining room, Cortada depicted 12 other Florida land animals threatened by human encroachment and development:

Burrowing Owls | Eastern Indigo Snakes | Florida Bog Frogs | Gopher Tortoises
 Key Deer | Lower Keys Rabbits | Miami Blue Butterflies | Red Wolves
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers | Reticulated Flatwoods Salamanders | Stock Island Tree Snails | Wood storks