Artist

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.

ARTIST STATEMENT

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.

OTHER WORKS

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.

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

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.

RAY SYKES
ENGINEER / “MAKE IT WORK” GUY

MICHAEL PRADOS
ART ENGINEER

JONATHAN FOOTE
GEEK

JESSIKA WELZ
WELDING / FABRICATOR / SET UP

SHEYENNE WELZ
FABRICATION ASSISTANT / ELECTRICAL

ERIK SWEDBERG
FABRICATION / WIRING

KIKO AUMOND
CAD EXPERT

NINA CARTER

MATT BRISBIN
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER / DESIGNER

MICRO MAGANA

GINA LIMON
KICKSTARTER GURU

JEN FERNANDEZ

ARI DAVALOS

KEVIN DEETZ

EMILY APPLEBAUM

LYNN BRYANT
GRAPHIC PATTERN / ILLUMINATION SUPPORT

JASON CHINN
DOCUMENTION

SCOTT COTNER
THE CLOSER

TIM FONTE

CHRIS MARION
WELDER / FABRICATION

MARK HOGENSON
FABRICATION

DAVID MUSTELIER
FABRICATION / ASSEMBLY SUPPORT

SCOTT OSC

PAUL SHOWALTER

ERIC HERMANN

PAUL WALKER

YASMIN MAWAZ-KHAN

ALISSA HUSKEY

HARRY HIRSCHMAN

SAM & JULIA HIRSCHMAN

AURORA KIDS

BRENT HAAS
FABRICATOR

LAURIE DUNCAN

SANA LHAN

POUNEH MORTAZAVI

ALICE NEELS

HELYX CIOUS

SPENCER MATHEW

MATTHEW SCOTT

ISAAC GIERARD

TOM CAUCHOIS

DV ROGERS

HILLARY MURRAY

MANDY HIXON
BUILD TEAM MEMBER

KRUSTY & DUCHESS
RANDOM METAL FAB

ERIK KNEER

KEN MCGEE

CAMERON & HILLARY