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Ralfonso Gschwend

AD INFINITUM - kinetic wind wind sculpture by Ralfonso
Multiple
7m or 21 ft
Stainless Steel

AD INFINITUM Outdoor, large wind-driven steel sculpture for public places. #1 - 2m (6ft) GENEVA - SWITZERLAND Exhibited at the Art and Science Biennale in Beijing November 2006. Exhibited at the Art and Science Biennale in Shanghai April 2007 (Prize Winner). #2 - 2m (6ft) PALM BEACH - FLORIDA, USA #3 - 7m (21ft) wind-driven version permanently installed in Zhengzhou, China General Design: AD INFINITUM is a Latin expression, meaning “to infinity” or “endlessly”, - just as this sculpture will turn endlessly in the wind. The heart of AD INFINITUM is an array of 36 intersecting metal ring discs, representing the 360 degrees of freedom – each one reflecting a different reality in the highly polished stainless steel surface. The “Infinity Center” is designed to look like the mathematical symbol ∞ for Infinity. Due to the intricate design and assembly, the view of it is ever changing, as it rotates simultaneously on multiple axis! The eye and the mind are attracted and fully engaged, to follow the rotational horizontal spin of the central “Infinity Center” disc array, while at the same time the top part slowly moves into the wind on its vertical axis. This sculpture allows the viewer to actually visualize the unseen wind as on of nature’s forces. With its gentle movements, it shows the continuous changing wind direction and speed. At night, ground spotlights highlight the gleaming sculpture and its ever-moving light reflections. This can be integrated into a circular bench base, where people can gather to enjoy the changing views of the moving sculpture from below. Alternatively it can be placed into a fountain/water base, a lake,- or straight on the ground (sunken concrete foundation).