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A Famous Metal Flower Blooms Again in Buenos Aires Park


By Michael Luongo
Argentina Travel Expert, about.com
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It’s always great when things get fixed, especially when you love them so much. Here on About.com Argentina Travel, I love celebrating when things are working right in Buenos Aires, a city that to be honest, sometimes does not have its act together. I do say though, I say that with love.

If you have looked at ads about Buenos Aires, brochures, or the websites of countless companies selling trips to Argentina, you have seen this exciting icon. It is as famous and associated with Buenos Aires as the Casa Rosada, the Obelisco, Avenida de Mayo, and Teatro Colon.

What is it?  It’s the giant metallic floral sculpture called Floralis Generica, a 2002 sculpture by the Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano, within the Plaza Naciones Unidas, or United Nations Plaza off Avenida Figueroa Alcorte between Quiroga and Bibiloni.

It has long been broken, with its petals no longer able to open and close.
But the city just fixed this.

The Mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, had this to say about it on his Facebook page where he often posts things about what is going on in his city:


“¡HOY VUELVE A ABRIRSE LA FLOR DE LA CIUDAD![post_ads_2]

Despues de meses de trabajo, hoy vuelven a funcionar los petalos de la famosa Floralis Generica.
Para celebrarlo, cuando caiga el sol y la Flor empiece a cerrarse (alrededor de las 18), habra un espectaculo visual de luces y un recital en vivo de Baglietto y Vitale.”

Essentially, he is shouting triumphantly about the return of the “Flower of the City.”  He talks about how months of work went into fixing this fantastic “visual spectacle of lights”

Really, the flower is something to see, and it is one of the highlights of Buenos Aires’ park system.
We have already gone into detail about fabulous green spaces in Buenos Aires, and the below recaps some of that, including the park where the flower sits, along with others throughout the Argentine capital.

Truly, all of this makes Buenos Aires one of the most exciting cities in the world to see, from real flowers, to giant metal ones that look like something from outer space.


Palermo Park System (which includes Floralis Generica) from the article on Green Space in Buenos Aires
[post_ads]All along Avenida Libertador, you will find what is in my opinion one of the most beautiful linear parks in the world. It’s filled with magnolias, pines, palms, and willows and families picnicking, along with locals playing soccer, or just enjoying being outdoors. It’s all the work of French architect Charles Thays. Start at Plaza Italia and the Jardin Botanico or Botanical Gardens. Adjacent to that is the Zoological Gardens, with its abandoned cats that locals tend to. Flora from throughout South America and the rest of the world are in the garden.

There are many divisions to this complex park system. Parque Tres de Febrero is a 1,000-acre splendor of trees, lakes, and trails, and there is an adjacent Rose Garden off Avenida Sarmiento. In summer, you can also rent paddleboats, and an even more beautiful marriage of nature and water is at the Japanese Garden where children can feed the fish and watch the ducks. Wonderful small bridges also make it ideal for photos ops with the family. One of the most famous things in any park in Buenos Aires is the Floralis Generica, a 2002 sculpture by the Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano, within the Plaza Naciones Unidas, or United Nations Plaza off Avenida Figueroa Alcorte between Quiroga and Bibiloni. It’s that shiny metal flower that opens and closes, near the University of Buenos Aires Law School building.

Don’t miss our other great articles here on About.com Argentina Travel. Take a look at our article on hotels in Buenos Aires, and compare prices, neighborhoods and styles. Here is a guest article by Irvina Lew looking at Mendoza and exciting things to do in this wonderful world wine capital. This is one of my favorite articles, looking at things to consider that are great about Buenos Aires that you might not know, from how walkable the city is to the amount of great nightlife, to all the free museums all over the Argentine capital. One of our newest articles also looks at Visit.org and their new offerings on interesting things to do in Argentina, and other parts of South America.

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