The Floralis Generica is one of the most impressive monuments of the city of Buenos Aires. It is a metal sculpture made of stainless steel, aluminum and concrete skeleton, its petals pointing toward the sky. It weighs 18 tons and is 23 meters high. It is located in the Plaza of the United Nations, on Figueroa Alcorta Avenue in the Recoleta.
The flower was donated to the city by architect Eduardo Catalano, and opened in 2002. The most attractive feature of this sculpture is that it has an electrical system that opens and closes the six petals, depending on the time of day. At night it is closed and a red glow emanates, which is off to to be reopened in the morning. It is located in an attractive park surrounded by trees.
For several years the mechanism remained inactive for technical problems, but in early 2015 began arrangements to be put back into operation, so that today it is again open to the public. In addition, it is located on a mirror of water that has both aesthetic and protective functions. During storms and strong winds, the flower remains closed.
According to Catalano architect, the flower name comes from “Floralis” meaning flora, and “generic” because it represents all the flowers in the world. The metallic sheen flower during the day, and the colors and the dim light emanating during the night make the Floralis Generic worthy monument to visit and admire.