Big Red Breathing Lotus Flower

Coming out of the garage heading to San Francisco City Hall I couldn’t miss this beautiful lively inflated red lotus flower sculpture. The leaves are motorized though the wind helped them move even more. “Breathing Flower” was created by internationally renowned Korean artist, Choi Jeong Hwa. The flower opens and closes as though it’s alive!

This piece was installed on May 16, 2012 at a spot formally known as Civic Center Plaza, across the street from the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Public Library (which currently has some intriguing huge photographs pasted on the front and side of the building, reminding me of JR, the 2011 Prize Winner of the TED Award).

The large photos range from five to fifteen feet tall and are the first artworks ever to appear on the exterior walls of the San Francisco Public Library. The “Making Mothers Visible” show is part of a global photography exhibition sponsored by the International Museum of Women.

Getting back to the video above. There was someone handing out flyers and music was coming from their boombox. It magically matched the poetry of the moving flower.

Thank you Choi Jeong Hwa for your creative inspiration!

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