The Generation “Sí” movement came alive in the form of a 1,900-square foot garden located at the heart of Wynwood. In their inaugural collaboration debut, META Miami and The WoLand Foundation joined forces and worked relentlessly to design and build a unique outdoor artistic experience for the public that took place concurrently with the Art Basel fairs in Miami Beach from December 6 to December 8, 2019. The garden exhibited the benefits and positive impacts of collaboration between industries, women empowerment, equality and the determination to survive and thrive as a species while respecting the natural environment. Sprinkled throughout the garden, there were interactive opportunities to learn more about global subjects, view art sculptures, and listen to unique live local music, all in an atmosphere filled with enthusiasm and joy. For decades, Miami has been grappling with global issues, gender equality, the environment, and the negative impact we, as consumers, have on the planet. As a community, we have depended on our leaders to act and create change for a better, more sustainable cities, but despite all the talk and discussion, it feels as though there is not enough positive action to alleviate these issues. So, we must come together to be part of the change: we can change the way we live, the way we work, the way we view things that are ultimately destroying our lives. ( optional paragraph) We hope whoever visited this garden left with a new perspective on life and felt included in this new movement where we say: “Yes, we can. Yes, we are. Yes, we will.” We are Generation “Sí”. .
“Vivir: A Woman’s Determination to Thrive”
Shown as part of the garden experience, was a short video telling the story of a woman who experiences a toxic love relationship and has the courage to survive and escape her abusive situation. This video was a metaphor for the world’s dependency on single-use plastics. The setting of the video is post-World War II when the United States became dependent on the convenience offered by these products that were mass produced during the war. Our protagonist, America, meets a man, Ken, and at the beginning of the relationship everything seems too good to be true; he treats her well and buys her gifts and she falls deeply in love and committed to him. Almost too late, she realizes how toxic this man is and how he has brought her down and trapped her. One day she is listening to the radio in her kitchen, surrounded by trash, and she hears an announcer explain how damaging plastic is to the environment and what can be done to end the reliance on these products. She decides to take her life back and leave Ken and her unhealthy life behind. Just as she has a toxic relationship with a man, we – the citizens of the world - have a toxic relationship with single-use plastics. If women can overcome the agonizing toxicity of a relationship and break free, why can’t we do the same with plastics? This film was developed and produced with help from the WoLand team and so many people who donated their time, energy, and talents to our common goal: Original Story by - The WoLand Team (Alex Viala, Gabi Figueroa, Roberto Aragon, Kelsey Trujeque, Natali Cardoso, Ely Van Dillewijn) Adapted Screenplay by – Fabiana Sotillo & Kelsey Trujeque Executive Producer – Kelsey Trujeque (Landscape Designer) Director, Director of Photography, Editor – Fabiana Sotillo (Art History Student) Production Assistant – Roberto Aragon (Landscape Designer) Props Department – Natali Cardoso (The WoLand Foundation Treasurer) & Kelsey Trujeque Music Performed by – Yoiris Mora (Independent Artist) Ken – Andrew Sykes (Landscape Designer) America – Andrea Victoria (Entrepreneur) Radio Announcer – Andy Witkin (The WoLand Foundation Vice President & Landscape Architect) Special thanks to Isabel Perez, Katie LeBlanc, Graciela Martin, Kesi Gibson, Willy Almengor, and the amazing extras (both humans and worms)