HQ Architects have designed a set of giant flowers that bloom and react to pedestrians and transportation. These flowers bloom when pedestrians stand under them. Located in Vallero Square in the heart of Jerusalem in Israel, the flowers have been installed as part of the municipality’s effort to improve the urban space. These giant blossoms are motion-activated, which means that they bloom when pedestrians walk by or when trolleys arrive. To perfectly describe their installation, HQ Architects says, “The urban space suddenly reacts to the people using it.” People can also utilize the flowers for shade from the sun or for light when nighttime approaches. And once the square is no longer bustling with people, the flowers wilt and close, their vibrant petals resting until the next surge of activity within their vicinity encourage them to bloom once more.
The four giant flowers, that are 30 feet tall, have been placed in key positions, enabling them to be viewed from all around the square and the nearby market. Each of the flowers also provide a sense of movement to the square, as they bloom by inflating themselves when pedestrians walk by, but when there are no people, they close.