18 November 2008

Floralis Genérica. Buenos Aires.

This Most Excellent sculpture, Floralis Genérica, is located at the United Nations Plaza in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Designed by US trained architect, Eduardo Catalano, the sculpture is a structure of stainless steel frame with aluminum and reinforced concrete. It is 23 meters in height. It is mirrored in a pool of water measuring 44 meters in diameter.

One of the characteristics of the flower is an electrical system that automatically opens and closes the petals depending on the time of day. During the night, the flower closes emanating from inside a red glow opened in reborn for the following morning. This is the same mechanism that closes the flower show to strong winds.

According to its author architect Eduardo Catalano, Floralis means that belongs to the flora and hence the flowers, and Generic stems from the concept of "gender", indicating that represents all the flowers in the world.