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Giant Urban Poppies Open When Pedestrians Walk Beneath Them

The world of interventions and urban facilities, continuously give us joy, fill our lives with color and can make a simple walk, or poppies on the street a truly magical moment.

Photos: Dor Kedmi

More and more artists choose to make their works and their designs something global that, far from the exclusivity proposed by the galleries, places art and culture at street level so that it integrates with the environment and invites interaction.


With the aim of launching an environmental message and playing with the continuous movement that exists in the cities, HQ Architects has developed a public installation that offers a happily receptive design.


“The Warde” (Guardian) project, located in Jerusalem’s Vallero Square, is an urban area that is in poor condition and, therefore, houses a set of sculptures of towering flowers, large enough to draw attention from any point.

Instead of fighting the metropolitan nature of the market, designers have wanted to work in harmony with the municipality. These giant poppies of powerful red color are activated with motion sensors, which means that they bloom when pedestrians pass or when they detect a car.

HQ creatives declare, “Urban space suddenly reacts to people who use it“; pedestrians can use flowers to protect themselves from the sun or shelter in their light when night approaches.


At the moment when the radius of action does not detect any movement, the flowers wilt and close their petals until the next wave of activity encourages them to bloom once more and gives them life with the energy we emanate.

Simply magnificent. I’d love to see them, and you?

You can also read > ‘Universe of Words’: Art Installation with 140,000 Pieces of Paper

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