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Floris Genérica

The Floris Genérica, is a fascinating piece of sculpture. The structure of the flower is made of stainless steel and the shiny petals are aluminum. This giant metallic flower measuring 23 meters high consists of six petals each measuring 13 meters long and 7 meters wide and four pistons. It weighs 18 tons. The flower opens as the sun rises and closes as the sun sets each day; a 20 minute process mimicking the actual movement of a flower. This big metal flower is standing in the center of a 40 meter reflecting pool surrounded by winding paths allowing different viewpoints. At night large flood lights illuminate the closed flower and the paths are lined with smaller floodlights. The term ‘Genérica’ suggests that it is a symbol of all flowers.

Floris Genérica is located in the center of the large green Plaza Naciones Unidas (United Nations Plaza) next to Facultad de Derecho (Law School) at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (University of Buenos Aires).

The sculpture, built in 2002 as a gift, is the work of Argentinean architect Eduardo Catalana, who was a professor Emeritus at MIT. It is a powerful symbol of nature and one of the most recognizable images in Buenos Aires.

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