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Moving On UP Russia Featured

Just like the Eiffel Tower is THE hallmark of Paris, “Moving On Up” will enhance any significant site by making it a highly visible, memorable and truly impressive landmark.  From far away the eye-catching shape-shifting movements, as well as its soaring spirited spirals invite young and old to this central gathering place.

This sculpture is specifically designed for the tough outdoor environment using inert and easy to clean and maintain fiberglass, carbon and Kevlar laminates, similar to the ones used in high performance yacht design.

For prices of the existing Limited Editions of the indoor 2 ft. (70cm), and the larger outdoor version of the 15ft (5m) "Moving on Up" (Limited Edition of only 10, next available is #3

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There are several ways to design the base:

1) Kinetic – Rotating: The base can designed so it could comfortably accommodate a circular sitting area for the wary visitors, while slowly rotating them and the sculpture according to the prevailing wind.

2) It could serve as CLOCK, by being clock-motor rotated 360 degrees per hour  – with an appropriate hourly chime, bell or melody as well as color changes of the powerful illumination at night. It can also be used as a SUNDIAL, indicating time and season on circles inlayed in the surrounding floor area.

3) Alternatively the rotating platform can be at the top of a fixed tiered circular sitting and rest area or a circular traffic island.

4) WATER - It can also be centered in a FOUNTAIN, a pond a lake, or river. In the water based version, you will not see the submerged base, which will rotate the sculpture according to prevailing winds and water-flow.



For Picture Gallery please see bottom of this page,

International Kinetic Artist Ralfonso's lastest sculpture for public places, the  5 meter tall (15ft )  "Moving On UP" wind-driven Kinetic Sculpture, first exhibited at the  ART IN MOTION 3rd Biennale in Leeuwarden, Netherland  -  for movies and detailed information, please see   -  has been acquired by the national Russian development company RBI Holdings (

On July 15th, RBI invited 40 journalists and 150 guests for the unveiling ceremony and cocktail party in the Grand Hotel Europe-Kempinski in St. Petersburg, where the sculpture will be on exhibit until August 15th.  As there is currently no Kinetic Sculpture in public view in all of St. Petersburg, RBI Holdings took the opportunity to re-introduce this kind of moving sculpture. 

Together with the artist, the developer has created a novel marketing campaign, branding their ultra modern new building "New Star" with the help of this public art. The elegant shape of the sculpture and its attractive movement in the wind are made synonymous with the building and its tenants through images of "Dynamic", and "Moving Up In The World". This marks also the first kinetic sculpture addition to the national art collection of RBI Holdings.

The Russian Newsmedia described the event as a revival of Kinetic Art in Russia, where it was originally developed by Russian Artist Naum Gabo in the 1920, but has been dormant since.

This architectural large scale kinetic sculpture was designed in the USA, hand-build with high performance fiberglass in Switzerland, exhibited in the 3rd Holland Biennale 2003, and now has finally found a permanent home in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Ralfonso is a Swiss Designer of Kinetic Sculptures, working mainly in Europe and the United States. He designs and creates large to monumental 3 dimensional kinetic sculptures that move in the wind and water. He also designs sound-sculptures, suspended mobiles as well as fountains.

These designs are usually site-specifically created for commercial, institutional and public buildings, plazas and parks, mostly in urban environments.

Ralfonso kinetic sculptures are installed or displayed in the USA, China, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and now in St. Petersburg, Russia.


  • Location: St. Petersburg, Russia


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