The Choi Jeong Hwa Breathing Flower Installation is Bright

The Choi Jeong Hwa Breathing Flower is brightly colored.

South Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa captures the beauty of nature with this 24-foot red lotus. The installation has the flower laying peacefully on a pond of water, and to simulate a real-life lotus, the giant installation is motorized allowing its leaves to open and close. The lotus is an essential symbol in the Asian culture, in particular Buddhism, but is often used to represent purity and rebirth.

The Breathing Flower is a modernized portrayal of an ancient Asian signifier. The red lotus embodies the qualities of the heart, such as compassion and love. The installation is a powerful image especially considering how amplified in size the lotus is.