New Interactive Sculpture by Ralfonso Installed in Historic Galleria International in West Palm Beach

Ralfonso - SENSE #1 Rendering

​​​World-renowned artist and designer Ralfonso installs a novel interactive light & clock sculpture in the historic Galleria International office building in West Palm Beach.

Entitled SENSE #1, the sculpture is an interactive light mural and a clock, covering the wall area of 14 ft (4.2m) by 11.5 ft (3.5m).

The piece was commissioned and specifically designed for the new lobby of the Galleria International office building. Installed in March 2020, this innovative work of art features 288 lucite and mirror-polished stainless steel cubes, each measuring approximately 6x6 inches (15x15 cm). The cubes are arranged at various depths, reimagining the topography of the flat wall. Each cube is equipped with a programmable RGB LED light, continuously changing the color pattern and look of the entire piece, and culminating on the hour by the “light chime”. This unique feature mirrors the chiming of a clock tower.

SENSE #1 is a public art piece designed to interact and communicate with the viewer. The artwork is dynamic, responsive, and ever-changing.

Inspired by a 2008 original design concept by Ralfonso named “The World Shows its Colors”, SENSE #1 marries new technology with ancient human modes of communication and time-telling, transforming them into complex, visceral light signals.

SENSE #1 marks the beginning of a new limited series of works. By employing new technologies such as motion sensors, Ralfonso plans to engage and involve the viewer completely, as their live movements will be mimicked by the light of the sculpture in real-time, but also programmable and changeable, all through a smartphone app.

SENSE #1 was installed in March 2020 in the lobby of Galleria International office building at 301 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

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About Ralfonso:

Ralfonso has been creating kinetic and light sculptures that interact with the environment since 1980. Since 1999, he has specialized in the design and execution of large to monumental kinetic and light sculptures for public places. He works from his studios in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, and Geneva, Switzerland, accepting both public and private commissions.

All Ralfonso kinetic sculptures are ART IN MOTION, moving as they interact with the environment and most importantly, with the viewer. Ralfonso’s sculptures have been exhibited, commissioned, or permanently installed in Switzerland, Netherlands, Russia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, France, Taiwan, and the USA.

Recently, Ralfonso completed a new REFLECTIONS sculpture in Boynton Beach, Florida, a monumental kinetic wind and light group piece permanently installed at the entrance of the new Town Hall.

Currently, he is working on two monumental public art projects in Putian and Fuqing in China.


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