Floralis Generic

Floralis Generica is an icon of Buenos Aires. It was donated to the City by its author, the Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano.

Its great differential is that it is the first moving sculpture controlled by a hydraulic system and photoelectric cells. The monumental thing is to think that this dynamic is carried out in a stainless steel work 20 meters high and weighing 18 tons.

It was inaugurated on April 13, 2002, as a tribute to all the flowers and the realization of the dream of its creator, who had been projecting the assembly of a large-scale structure that would reflect the dynamism of our time.

Years later, a storm forced the petals and ended up breaking the mechanism. Because of that ferocious storm, Floralis Generica was open 24 hours a day for years.

The good news is that on June 12, 2023, and as a result of a repair job carried out by the City, the system was back up and running and the sculpture came back to life: now it opens and closes, so that everyone can once again enjoy this Recoleta icon.

The reopening

To celebrate that the Floralis Générica recovered its original movement, on the day of its reopening, the photographers @nino_fotos and @fer.gronski made a super creative photographic production: they used the long exposure technique and recorded the path of light from a drone making different figures on the flower. The result was spectacular!