The floor of the United Nations General Assembly in New York was showered with over 3,000 yellow Colombian flowers on June 5, 2014 to pay tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The Colombian winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature had a predilection for yellow flowers, and wove a ‘yellow’ motif into many of his stories.
The celebratory event was organized by Maria Emma Mejia, Colombian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, and attended by Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary General, and John Ashe, President of the United Nations. The tribute was also attended by U.N. Ambassadors, writers, journalists and pundits, as well as some of Garcia Marquez’s closest friends.
The donated yellow flowers were provided by Agrícola Circasia, Ayurá, Don Eusebio, Flores Carmel, Flores Aurora, Fillco, Grupo Andes, Inverpalmas, Matina and Mongibello – all Asocolflores (Association of Colombian Flower Exporters) affiliated companies, and they were shipped with the help of Avianca and Kuehne+Nagel