Ralfonso's UNION #3 in 9m (30ft) was selected as one of the competition winners at the 2014 International Sculpture Competition in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. The organizing committee selected approximately 80 sculptural works from 2,500 competitors coming from over 40 countries.
Installation of this group of 6 wind driven KINETIC & LIGHT wing sculptures was permanently installed November 2014 at this beautiful waterfront site in the sculpture park.
Please see the movie link for UNION#2 which was installed 2013 in the Central Park of Orlando, Florida: http://youtu.be/WGn09UldD_Y
Please see the movie link for UNION#1 installed in the International Sculpture Park of Changchun, China: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3b2zBvkvWM
On October 15th, 2014 a delegation from the Changchun International Sculpture Park visited Ralfonso in Geneva, Switzerland.
After a very informative guided tour through the famous Patek Philippe Watch Museum, everybody enjoyed a cold drink and a fun "kinetic" dinner together.
On the 10th of September 2014 the 8.5m (28ft) with base EX STRATA #3 was unveiled at the NHL University in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
EX STRATA is an Interactive Light and Sound Sculpture, globally accessible via Webcam, Internet, Smartphone APPs - inaugurated at the merger of NHL & STENTON Universities in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands
– see and interact with the sculpture at: http://www.exstrata.nl
In October 2009 the interactive Light and Sound sculpture EX STRATA #1 (4m / 12ft) was unveiled at the "Homo Ludens" exhibition in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.
Ralfonso worked for over 3 years with the students and teachers of the following technical Universities/Schools: Hanze Hogeschool Groningen, Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden, TechnologieCentrum Noord-Nederland in conjunction with the BrainCenter of Philips, as well with the technical companies listed on the webpage in order to make this interactive Light and Sound sculpture a reality in 2009.
EX-STRATA; an art object of 4 meters tall you can communicate with!
The EX-STRATA sculpture is equipped with led-lighting and speakers. In response to SMS-messages and activation of the distance sensors by visitors, the sculpture produces light and sound patterns. Through a webcam, the EX-STRATA can be viewed and via the SMS function it can be manipulated from all over the world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OWX2_ksSwU
EX STRATA #2 – was installed for the 100 year anniversary of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China LEDs, Internet, Webcam, Computer, Cellular Telephone-SMS, Stainless Steel 5m or 16,5 feet tall
The 15th China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium
After the careful reviewing and selection by nationally well-known sculptors, Changchun citizens and the officials of Changchun government, the final results of the 15th China ChangchunSculpture symposium have come out. All together 15 sculptors from 14 countries are selected to come to Changchun to realize their selected proposals from July 22th to September 4th, 2014.
The name list of the selected sculptors ae as following:
1.Argentina Norberto ProsperoSUELDO
2.Belarus Aliaksandr Falei
3.Belarus Maxim Piatrul
4.Bulgaria Todor Karamanov
5.Cuba Carlos Rafael Velázquez Darias
6.USA HUDSON, Jon Barlow
7.Switzerland Ralfonso Gschwend
8.Serbia Miodrag Peric
9.Ukraine Lyudmyla Mysko
10.Spain Nando Alvarez
11.Armenia Hayk Tokmajyan
12.Italy MARIA ELISA CORSINI
14.Chile SIMON JIMENEZ
15.Korea Kim Jaegak
Ralfonso's kinetic wind sculpture "Magic Tree" in the beautiful Sculpture Park of Wuhu, China, was featured in the April 22nd 2014 CODA (Collaboration of Design & Art) article about Earth Day.
To read the entire article, and see the other 6 large scale projects featured: https://www.codaworx.com/news/design-art-features/earth-day/
To learn more about MAGIC TREE and the Fairytale behind it: