Florentin’s flower-motive comes from an old book about medivial architecture and ornaments. It was decorating a wall in a monastery’s cloister. These tetragonal, half-opened spaces were designed for meditation and contemplation – exactly the same idea evoked in me observing the undulate but smoothed down lines of this flower. I multiplied the pattern and eked out the interspaces with assimetric rhombs to make a constant and telling marking. The name, Florentin – which can refer to the capital of the Renaissance – is also a male name with the concurrent meaning of 'flourishing, thriving‘ and 'considerable‘. It derivates from the tender 'flower‘ but it still stands for the shielding, eternal man. Just as the main character of the Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel Love in the Time of Cholera, Florentino Ariza, who at the age of 80 enthralls his childhood love. He is tenacious and steady but extremely gentle - similar to flower patterns cast in concrete.