Aurora is an interactive light sculpture by Bay Area Artist Charles Gadeken.
This brilliant work of art is installed for one year in front of Palo Alto City Hall.



Aurora is an opalescent willow with hand-beaten copper leaves that chime in the wind. At night, the tree comes alive with light, rotating through the spectrum of colors and providing spectacular illumination. It is a fairy tree that re-ignites our childhood imaginations, full of wonder and endless possibility.


The installation illuminates the area around City Hall, and invigorates the civic heart of Palo Alto. Aurora draws Palo Alto citizens, creating a welcome place for the public to gather beneath its canopy.  This piece provides branches to read under, benches to sit on, and momentarily transports viewers into a fantastical world of endless possibility. By installing this work in front of City Hall, Aurora captures Palo Alto’s distinctive social and cultural history as a thriving center for innovation, art, and technology.


Aurora runs a year-long full color light display that changes every day with the seasons. An interactive mobile app will allow the public to play with the tree, modifying the color and pattern of 40,000 LED lights that bring the tree to life and making it an ever-changing, collaborative work of public art.