Floralis Generica

From the giant stone horseman in the Plaza San Martin to the towering monolith on the Avenida 9 de Julio, to the bold grinning mannequins at the windows of the conventillos of Caminito, Buenos Aires is a city rich in public art.

Floralis Generica
Floralis Generica

One of city’s, if not the world’s, most unusual and memorable sculptures is the Floralis Genérica, in the centre of the Plaza Naciones Unidas, just next to the Museo de Belles Artes,

Designed and funded entirely by architect Eduardo Catalano, it was installed in 2002, a year after the disastrous crash of 2001. The giant flower has 20metre high steel and aluminium petals which open at dawn and close at dusk. By night it glows with warm red lights. In the dark days of 2001, the sculpture might have served as a sign of hope, a promise that Argentina would blossom again, as it most certainly has.

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