The amazing Floralis Generica
This imposing 20-meter-high sculpture dominates the United Nations Square and opens and closes according to the sunlight
This is the first moving sculpture controlled by a hydraulic system and photoelectric cells. The wonderful thing is that this dynamic is made in a stainless steel work 20 meters high and weighing 18 tons.
It was donated to the City of Buenos Aires by its author, the Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano, and was inaugurated on April 13, 2002 as a tribute to all flowers and the realization of the dream of its creator, who had been projecting the assembly of a structure to large scale that reflected the dynamism of our time.
But, shortly after, a storm forced the petals and broke the mechanism. For this reason, it was open 24 hours a day for years, until, in mid-2015, it recovered the opening and closing movement, depending on the time of day.