Cempasúchil, flower of 20 petals - CODAworx

Cempasúchil, flower of 20 petals

Submitted by alejandro de la vega


Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $6,000

Project Team

alejandro de la vega



Cempasuchil, flower of 20 petals
My work as an artist and architect transpires in parallel, with the evolution of technology, I have immersed myself in a new combination of art and science, applicable to any material, including carbon steel, wood, sandstone and many more, parametric designs can produce 60, 600 or 6,000 or an infinity of similar pieces, all with slight geometric variations controlled by creativity.
Material: Walnut wood veneer with paper back
Size: 5.25 X 5.25 FT / 63 X 63 IN / 160 X 160 CMS


The idea was to make an interpretation of the flower of Cempasuchil creating a sculpture and drawings based on the flower petals that by nature look the same, but all are slightly different; In the sculpture all the pieces are different in shape, but they form a beautiful flower.


The process began by drawing a Cempasuchil flower with which he initiated an interpretation of the sketch to the sculpture, the piece was cut with a laser cutter in wood veneer with a paper backing for rigidity creating a flower in which all the pieces are different as they would be in nature but in a contemporary and modern interpretation.

Additional Information

The flower of Cempasúchil symbolizes the Day of the Dead in Mexico, thanks to its color and aroma is one of the most representative elements of offerings for the dead. The flower of Cempasúchil is native to Mexico, its name comes from the Nahuatl "Cempohualxochitl" which means "twenty flowers" or "twenty petals". Our ancestors assimilated the yellow color of the cempasúchil flower with the sun, which is why they used it in the offerings dedicated in honor of their dead. Tradition marks making paths with the flowers of cempasúchil, from the main road to the altar of the house in to order to guide souls towards the altars. The flower was considered by the Mexicas to be a symbol of life and death.