The monumental La Flor, a symbol of nature in the middle of the lake in Buenos Aires’s "United Nations Flower Park" next to Recoleta.
United Nations Flower Park: Nature is back!
This “green space” of an area of about 4.4 hectares received the name of “United Nations Plaza” in 1956.
It is a tribute to this international organization, especially for its achievements in the area of humanitarian actions and in general human rights…..
The park is situated next to the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires and to the Museum of Beaux Arts (Museo des Bellas Artes).
In the year 2000, an Argentinean architect Eduardo Catalano donated the gigantic flower called “Floraris Genérica” to the city of Buenos Aires.
He also proposed his preferred location for this monumental work. In his testimony we can read:
“ Élegi La Plaza Naciones Unidos por ser en espacio verde, generoso y libre de caos arquitectónico. Un espacio sereno. A la vez, evité construer un objeto como son los simbolos urbanos. Mi objetivo fue concebir un entorno completo que abarque toda la plaza. Un espacio definido por su frondosa arboleda, la tierra esculpida con formas geométricas, rampas, senderos, un espejo aqua de 44 metros de diámetro, desbordándose en cascadas y un foco Floralis Genérica con sus movimientos continuos cambios de imágenes ambientales que se refrejan en sus petals brillantes.”
What can be translated as:
“I selected the United Nations Plaza to be the location for the “Flower”. It is an undisturbed green area free of architectural chaos. By doing so I wanted to prevent this park from having in the future one more symbol of urban life. My objective was to create a unique environment encompassing the whole park. A space defined by its grove, by the geometric forms of walking paths, by the mirror of a lake waters and its central point “ Generic Flower” continuously changing its form matching the surrounding nature”
Well, not that often dreams are materializing, becoming the real parts of our lives as it was the case of La Flor. The sculpture was inaugurated at the United Nations Plaza on April 13, 2002.
The massive yet elegant structure is located in the waters of the artificial lake in the center of the park. It is made from the stainless steel and aluminum, weights 18 tons and is 20 meters tall when open. It is a first Buenos Aires moving structure continuously controlled by a hydraulic system and photovoltaic cells. All six petals open at dawn and close at dusk following the movements of real flowers throughout the day.
During evenings, the halogen projectors installed in flower’s filaments illuminate the internal surface of petals in a changing palette of rose colors giving even more life to this already “living” structure.
On special days - May 25th, September 21st, December 24th and 31st they remain open all day long.
Evening in Recoleta's United Nations Plaza - Blooming La Flor;
Standing next to “La Flor” for long minutes it came to my mind that Eduardo Catalano achieved much more than just pushing through his dream. In my humble opinion, he (and all those from the city of Buenos Aires standing behind this project) proved that the process of the “Wild Urbanization” lasting already for centuries may have its end. The time when concrete and asphalt indiscriminately invades the nature is over.
Tribute to the city of Buenos Aires by Eduardo Catalano (Inscription plaque installed in the park).
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Gigantic "La Flor" - called “Floraris Genérica”.
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Symbol of life emerging from the water....
“La Flor” marks the beginning of the new era, symbolized by this gigantic "living" structure.
It is the time when the nature starts coming back into cities, not only in form of parks, or in pots of flowers dotting countless balconies, but also as gardens reclaiming the “wasted-land” of roofs…..
And may be the most important, the nature reclaims its well deserved place in our consciousness… That may be the most important aspect of changes symbolized by La Flor.
You may not know yet, but the Capital Federal of Argentina - Ciudad de Buenos Aires is a green city. Parks, green acres, trees lining up along the streets and the countless "suspended gardens" forming on balconies sort of private oasis so cherished by city dwellers.... This is Buenos and if you are already here then you are definitely in the right place :-).
Visit this unique place of peace and serenity in the middle of the busy city by clicking on the picture of selecting the following link:Buenos Aires Botanical Garden
Or enter the Buenos Aires Zoo PArk - an incredible combination of nature and art, see its "inhabitants", greet the triple white lion cubs, by clicking on the left picture or selecting the link: Buenos Aires Zoo
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