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Old 08-07-2010, 11:15 PM   #1
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Aug 8, 2010: Floris Genérica

A popular attraction in Buenos Aires is Floris Genérica, a huge sculpture/robot, of a flower.



This picture of it, the best by far, was taken by Trey Ratcliff , and posted on his flickr page.

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Standing in the center of the Plaza Naciones Unidas (United Nations Plaza), in a 40-meter reflecting pool, the flower was erected in 2002 as a gift from architect Eduardo Catalano. The use of the term 'Genérica' in its name suggests that it is a symbol of all flowers in the world. Opinions differ about it’s beauty but there is no questioning that the flower is a powerful, modern symbol of technology and nature.

The shiny flower consists of 6 petals (each measuring 13 meters long and 7 meters wide) and 4 pistons. The petals close in the evening from sunset to sunup; a 20-minute process mimicking the actual movement of a flower.
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Old 08-08-2010, 02:19 AM   #2
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I saw this last year and although I like the concept of it and admire the engineering and structural work that has gone into making it a reality, I actually think it's incredibly ugly.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:51 AM   #3
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Not for me, but, I can see how someone else might find it gaze-worthy.
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:33 AM   #4
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Reminds me of the vast fields of flowers in Ringworld, I believe, that pivot around and focus the suns rays with their parabolic shiny petals to zap anything that dares to grow taller than them. Together, a field of these flowers can focus enough sunlight on a single spot to vaporize their target.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:21 AM   #5
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The artist built it so he can pick up free HBO. He only tells people it's supposed to be a flower.
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:01 PM   #6
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And where does one hide when the great big gigantic ferocious hungry metal bees show up?
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Old 08-08-2010, 02:55 PM   #7
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I like it
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:17 AM   #8
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The artist built it so he can pick up free HBO. He only tells people it's supposed to be a flower.


Now that I've finished laughing, there are soooooooooooo many amazing things about Buenos Aires: this sculpture isn't one of them. I'm sure that in 30 years or less, it'll be a white elephant, particularly if the city drops off the lists of prime tourist destinations.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:55 AM   #9
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I think it's beautiful.
Beautiful as it is in the picture - static - and wonderful (making me full of wonder) knowing it is robotic and responds to the sun.
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:19 PM   #10
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I think it is in that picture, but some others I've seen on the web, not so much.
It is intriguing mechanically, however.
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:22 AM   #11
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What's has less novelty value, but is more amazing about Bs. As. than Floris Generica? (Starting the fan club as of....NOW!...sigh-would be great to be able to drop over for a weekend whenever I felt like it).

Puerto Madero - the old wharf prettied up with expensive restaurants and opposite the boat casino
La Boca and Caminito - Birthplace of the Tango where all the houses painted in bright colours are. Probably the most famous landmark in the city.
El Tigre Delta
Recoleta Cementery where Eva Peron was buried.
The Pink House-the seat of government
The Cathedral where the body of San Martin - Liberator of the Andes is kept
The Obelisk
9 de Julio Ave-10 million lanes of traffic going each way.
Havana Alfajores-like a wagon wheel only with caramelised condensed milk instead of marshmellow.
The Colon Theatre
San Telmo Markets
La Viruta - not sure if it's a tango club or a milonguera.
and that's just the beginning of the list.
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:37 AM   #12
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Buenos Aires-Obelisk

This is the Obelisk and 9 de Julio Ave-captures the energy of Bs. As.

http://www.lugaresbuenosaires.com/wp...enos-aires.gif

The casino looks only slightly less tacky in the picture than it does in real life.



If the pic doesn't appear in the post, Bruce or Wolf, can you help out?

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Old 08-12-2010, 05:44 AM   #13
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Bugger, none of it worked. Here's the tacky floating casino again.

http://www.lugaresbuenosaires.com/wp...enos-aires.jpg
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:56 AM   #14
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:54 AM   #15
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Casi, I didn't realize there were so many "flatiron" buildings.
But the one in Caminito certainly is the the most eye-catching.
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