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On February 23rd, 2014, on a beautiful, sunny Sunday in South Florida a delegation of 7 officials from Changchun City and Changchun International Sculpture Park, China visited Ralfonso.

With the great help of Raul we visited the brand-new PAMM Modern Art Museum in Miami and had a sumptuous feast at their excellent restaurant:

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Currently the Changchun International Sculpture Park has acquired two of Ralfonso's large kinetic wind sculptures for their permanent collection; Cube Tower (8m / 25ft) and UNION #1 (6m).

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Here http://youtu.be/gbor_CvY518you can see the new movie about "Mouvements et Lumieres", the International Kinetic & OP Art Exhibition at the Frank Popper Centre, Marcigny, France 2013, showcasing over 40 International Kinetic and OP artists, including Yaacov Agam, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Julio Le Parc, Francois Morellet, Ralfonso, George Rickey, Nicolas Schoeffer, Jesus Rafael Soto, Jean Tinguely, Victor Vasarely and many more.

Another very nice movie about the same exhibition was published here: http://youtu.be/V7yq5s1SJaI

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This exhibition was in part sponsored by KAO Kinetic Art Organization - and many other organizations and individuals.

Here with me the Founders Franz Spath and Georges Silva of the Centre Frank Popper

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I just recently returned from teaching the first ever University course for Kinetic and Interactive Art in China.
I was very honored (and thrilled) to be invited to teach this unique discipline at the Sculpture Department of Tsinghua University in Beijing.
It was an AMAZING experience for me (poor students :) working with about 25 grad and undergrad students three hours every day for 3 weeks in November 2013.

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As kinetic art is a new visual art discipline in China, they were very excited to create innovative kinetic, light and interactive designs - one even involved live fish...

The winning sculpture will be build in full size (5.5m by 2m) at the senior sculptor's department - here a rendering:

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Here below with Prof. Zheng, Dean of the Tsinghua University sculpture department , Vice Dean Prof. Dong and several other professors:

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For me a most enjoyable and memorable experience! 

 

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On the 18th of November 2013 SAO (See Art Orlando - www.http://seeartorlando.com/) unveiled UNION #2, a group of 6 wind driven kinetic wing sculptures, commissioned by the City of Orlando and permanently installed November 2013 in the Central Lake Eola Park, Orlando, Florida, USA.

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Six sculptures, 25ft (7.5m) tall, Stainless Steel, programmable RGB LEDs, Hourly Light Chime, Synchronized to the City Color Program.

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SAO at the same time unveiled 7 other large public sculptures - completing a major 1.5 million USD public art program.

A video of this major new WIND & LIGHT sculpture will be on this site shortly.