AURORA (2013) at Palo Alto City Hall. Photo by Skot Kuiper

AURORA (2013) at Palo Alto City Hall. Photo by Skot Kuiper

AURORA (2012) at Beyond Wonderland. Photo by Jess Hobbs

AURORA (2012) at Beyond Wonderland. Photo by Jess Hobbs

AURORA

2016 ROBINA TOWN CENTRE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

2013-2015 PALO ALTO CITY HALL

2013 BAY AREA MAKER FAIRE

2012 BEYOND WONDERLAND, SYMBIOSIS GATHERING

2011 BURNING MAN
 

With Aurora, Charles is creating an environment of mythical beauty that instills a sense of awe, wonder and joy to those who experience it. It acts as a unique and unexpected element placed in the world that empowers and transforms the viewer at the moment of participation. Viewers become enveloped in the magic of the experience and are taken out of the everyday. This work brings light to the darkness, making nature come alive in the desert night. This piece provides branches to read under, a forest in which to play or fight, waging a war full of knights and princesses, a fairy tree to re-ignite our childhood imaginations, full of wonder and endless possibility.

This tree represents the secret clubhouse, the magical wardrobe, the portal from a practical reality into a real life fairy tale. It is the barrier between waking and dreaming. The tree enacts a time outside of time, and a place outside of place. It is a universe all your own, that responds to your presence and an alternate reality that connects and inspires all of us to play.

STRUCTURE

AURORA is a 30ft tall white weeping willow tree with a trunk 8 feet in diameter and a 40ft canopy. The branches host a total of 40,000 LED lights that transition slowly through the color spectrum, reflected off of 4,200 hand-beaten copper leaves.

AURORA (2012) at Symbiosis. Photo by Jason Chinn

AURORA (2012) at Symbiosis. Photo by Jason Chinn