Buenos Aires - Recoleta: Plaza de las Naciones Unidas - Floralis Genérica
Floralis Genérica, designed and donated by Argentinian architect Eduardo Catalano, was inaugurated in the center of Plaza de las Naciones Unidas on April 13, 2002. The 18-ton, 23-meter tall sculpture, which rests above a reflecting pool, is made of stainless steel with an aluminum skeleton and reinforced concrete. Controlled by a hydraulic system and photoelectric cells, its six petals are equipped to open up each morning and close each evening at sunset, but the mechanism has been shut off since 2010 According to Eduardo Catalano, the author, Floralis "means belonging to the flora and therefore the flowers", and Genérica "from the concept of "gender" and indicates that it represents all the flowers in the world".
La Plaza de las Naciones Unidas (The United Nations Square) is a 4-acre public green space named after the United Nations in 1956. Argentina is one of the 192 member states of the UN.