Aurora was a community effort, made by a team of artists under the design and direction of Charles Gadeken.
MEET THE ARTIST
Charles Gadeken makes monumental artwork that thus far has incorporated mixed metals, interactive and kinetic elements, and special effects such as fire, light, and electricity. His artistic practice seeks to realize the potential for unexpected magic and serendipity in everyday life. His work instills a sense of play in the environment, remaking the mundane into magical items existing as real life portals into our imaginations.
With this piece, I am creating an environment of mythical beauty that is captivating to all. This piece provides branches to read under, light in the darkness, and a fairy tree that re-ignites our childhood imaginations, full of wonder and endless possibility.
Charles Gadeken's work ranges dramatically in size and functionality, from smaller scale static sculpted metalwork, to monumental sized public artwork commissioned for temporary festivals and community celebrations all over the west coast, including Coachella, Burning Man, Insomniac Events, Maker Faire, and many more.
He is a founding member of the Flaming Lotus Girls, and also produces custom artwork for collectors.
You can view more of his work at charlesgadeken.com.
Charles also is the founder and director of the BoxShop, a San Francisco collaborative artist space providing artist studios for over 50 artists.
Charles Gadeken is the founder of The BoxShop; a San Francisco container-based work space that houses over 40 artists. His process engages his community of artists, engineers, metalworkers and volunteers. The team that made Aurora brings together an untold number of unique skills and talents that took this monumental work of art from concept to reality.
ENGINEER / “MAKE IT WORK” GUY
WELDING / FABRICATOR / SET UP
FABRICATION ASSISTANT / ELECTRICAL
FABRICATION / WIRING
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER / DESIGNER
GRAPHIC PATTERN / ILLUMINATION SUPPORT
WELDER / FABRICATION
FABRICATION / ASSEMBLY SUPPORT
SAM & JULIA HIRSCHMAN
BUILD TEAM MEMBER
KRUSTY & DUCHESS
RANDOM METAL FAB
CAMERON & HILLARY