Floralis Generica

 

Overview

The dramatic centerpiece of the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas—the park that bridges the Palermo and Recoleta neighborhoods—is the Floralis Generica. This gigantic, 18-ton metallic flower sculpture has become one of Buenos Aires’ most instantly reboldcognizable landmarks.

A photo stop at the Floralis Generica is a popular part of sightseeing tours of Buenos Aires. Tours often also include nearby attractions, such as Recoleta Cemetery, Plaza Francia, or the National Museum of Fine Arts. Visit as part of a walking tour of the Recoleta district or join a bike tour of Buenos Aires’ northern neighborhoods.

  • The park and sculpture are open 24 hours and there is no admission fee.

  • For the best views, bring a picnic and relax in the surrounding park as you await the sunset.

  • It takes about 20 minutes for the sculpture to open or close its petals, which happens each morning and night, respectively.

  • The Plaza de las Naciones Unidas is wheelchair accessible.

The Floralis Generica is located in the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas park, close to corner of Av. Figueroa Alcorta and J. A. Biblioni. The closest metro station is Facultad de Derecho (Line H), while several buses stop along Av. Figueroa Alcorta.

Arrive at 8am to watch as the flower “blooms,” or at sunset when the petals change colors with the setting sun and close up as darkness sets in. The Floralis Generica also pays tribute to four of the city’s most memorable dates, remaining open to commemorate the May Revolution on May 25, the start of spring on September 21, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.

Designed by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano and erected in 2002, the Floralis Generica was envisioned as an homage to his home city. Standing an impressive 66 feet (20 meters) high and measuring 105 feet (32 meters) wide, the flower sculpture has a striking mirrored finish that dazzles under the sun and glows red in the evening hours. Hydraulics are used to open and close its petals like a real flower.

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Av. Figueroa Alcorta 2300
Buenos Aires, The Pampas

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