Steel Flower in Buenos Aires – Floralis Genérica

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Floralis Genérica – The Steel Flower in Buenos Aires.

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[dropcap bg=”#2da5da” color=”#ffffff”]T[/dropcap]his gigantic steel flower was inaugurated in April 2002 and is now one of the most significant icons of Buenos Aires. The official name is Floralis Generica but since no body is apparently able to remember the ‘scientific’ name, it usually gets called the Big Steel Flower.

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This massive flower is 23 meters high and weighs 18 tons. Once the petals are open they span 32 meters and when closed 16 meters. The architect, Eduardo Catalano, was born in Buenos Aires. He paid for the project out if his own pocket.

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[list icon=”moon-checkmark-3″ color=”#1090c7″]Close to Museo Bellas Artes.[/list]

[list icon=”moon-checkmark-3″ color=”#1090c7″]Close to La Recoleta Cemetery.[/list]

[list icon=”moon-checkmark-3″ color=”#1090c7″]Impressive Embassy buildings.[/list]

[list icon=”moon-checkmark-3″ color=”#1090c7″]Facultad de derecho (Law Faculty).[/list]

[list icon=”moon-checkmark-3″ color=”#1090c7″]Bus 12, 124 or 130.[/list]

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A steel flower sculpture that acts as a real flower.

One of the fascinating features of this sculpture is that it acts as a real flower. The gigantic petals open during daylight and in the evening at dusk, they gently close – a soft red glow emanating from within. This is also the time when most come to have a look at it.

Special days set aside when Floralis Generica stays open all night.

There are four special evenings set a side per year when the petals remain open: 25th May (Revolution Day), 21st September (Spring Day) and the 24th and 31st of December.

This exquisite Steel Flower is in fact made of stainless steel and aluminum and sits in the middle of a pool of water. This serves as a dual purpose because the flower reflects in the water and it also serves to protect it from vandals.

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[testimonial author=”Tripadvisor Review”] It seems like many major cities have a unique sculpture. Queens has the globe, Minneapolis has a spoon and cherry, Buenos Aires has the Floralis Generica. It’s always worth taking a photo. Supposedly this one opens and closes, but we didn’t see that. Stop by and snap a picture. [/testimonial]

Where to find the Floralis Genérica Sculpture?

Plaza Naciones Unidas, at Av. Figueroa Alcorta and J. A. Biblioni, La Recoleta, Buenos Aires, (behind El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes over Avenida Figueroa Alcorta).

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[note color=”#fffdbf”]The mechanism, that is opening and closing the flower, is often not working. People have been complaining about this for years.[/note]

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  1. Hi Nelieta! I've finally found this! It really has some resemblance with that ArtScience Museum in Singapore but this one is just more dramatic…:) Thanks for sharing it with me… Love it!

  2. Hi Jorie, sorry I only see this comment now. How bad of me! This one is dramatic and it is wonderful to see it opening and closing 🙂

  3. Hi Sarah, yes the different effects make it interesting and dramatic. But it is also beautiful in the day without any effects.

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