Shake, rattle and roll — world’s seismic activity comes to life in public art installation at Visa's Palo Alto office
San Jose Business Journal—
September 20th 2018
Something unexpected - that’s what the developer and achritect of the Visa Palo Alto building wanted for the site’s public art component.
Burning Man is back. Here are 7 of the wildest installations this year.
August 23rd 2018
"I, Robot" is the theme for this year's edition of Burning Man, the world famous, week-long participatory festival held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Kicking off this Sunday, the temporary city will feature worthy heirs to the storied history of Burning Man art installations, with grandiose, kooky, thought-provoking, and interactive work…”
A Sneak Preview of the Stunning, Enormous Art Coming to Burning Man 2018
July 12th 2018
The best 2018 Burning Man art is already coming together at warehouses, art studios, and maker collectives all over the world. We’ve got a sneak peak of the most dazzling, hypnotic, and robotic 2018 Burning Man art projects with pictures, videos, and stories from the artists who are still tirelessly building these I, Robot-themed installations.
18 Instagram-Worthy Light Art Installations in San Francisco
Mayor of Concord—
July 6th 2018
Even when Karl the Fog comes rolling in, our city by the sea can’t help but be aglow with dozens of delightful light art installations. Some play off the natural light that cuts through the overcast skies come high noon; others take advantage of an absence of light, utilizing LEDs and fluorescent tubings to transform otherwise dark spaces.
Know Your Street Art: SQUARED
May 17th 2018
While sitting on a 21-Hayes bus the other night, a middle-aged woman looked out the window and noticed Charles Gadeken’s giant LED sculpture of 786 cubes. The 50-foot-tall art piece swirled in patterns of colors only to fixate on pink — and the woman told her daughter that the tree-like sculpture resembled “cotton candy.”
Hayes Valley's trippy new sculpture was at Outside Lands and Burning Man
May 4th 2018
The newest tree in Hayes Valley's Patricia Green isn't exactly what you would expect. SQUARED, a LED sculpture from notable Bay Area artist Charles Gadeken, will be installed in the parklet on May 5th.
PATRICIA’S GREEN HAS A NEW 50FT GLOWING ART INSTALLATION!
April 19th 2018
In a rather delightful way, Burning Man keeps a storage space on Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley. The San Francisco Arts Commission and Recreation and Park Department carved out a year lease for another sculpture that grew out of the Playa.
From the Playa to the Park, New Light Art Takes Root in Hayes Valley
April 18th 2018
The San Francisco Arts Commission and Recreation and Park Department announce a new yearlong public art installation in Hayes Valley’s Patricia’s Green made possible with funding from developer impact fees. SQUARED is a 50-foot-tall tree “reimagined in a futuristic world post nature,” according to the artist Charles Gadeken. At night, the sculpture performs a light show of in an almost infinite array of color patterns, creating a different experience and ambiance from one minute to the next.
The Urban Art Project in Palo Alto
April 15th 2018
By educating and inspiring the youth of Palo Alto, CA, the Public Art Commission of the city is paving the way to install public art all over the city. If you're thinking about moving to Palo Alto, you'll be living amongst an area on the precipice of an artistic renaissance.
A Must-See In SF: The Futuristic 'SQUARED' Tree
San Francisco Patch—
April 24th 2018
SQUARED, a 50-foot-tall tree "reimagined in a futuristic world post nature" by artist Charles Gadeken, is on display in Hayes Valley's Patricia's Green, providing a nightly light show of prismatic color and light.
Video: New Burning Man Art Fired Up in Hayes Valley
April 20th 2018
The latest work of giant, beautiful public art at Hayes Valley’s Patricia’s Green is now installed, as Charles Gadeken’s 50-foot-tall, 786-white-cube SQUARED has been painstakingly constructed in recent days. But last night the fences surrounding the work were taken down, the lights are all tested, and the video below shows the first time SQUARED was turned on at Patricia’s Green.
Burning Man ‘post-nature tree’ coming to Hayes Valley
Curbed San Francisco—
April 17th 2018
The San Francisco Arts Commission announced today that local artist Charles Gadeken’s glowing, tree-like LED installation SQUARED is moving into Hayes Valley. It will go on display for a year at Patricia’s Green starting May 5.
At Burning Man, Art Is Now More Permanent Than Perishable
The Wall Street Journal—
March 24th 2018
The robots, monsters and other harum-scarum works of art at Burning Man aren’t all destined for a pyre at the annual conclave in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Some are heading to public parks, music festivals and museum exhibitions.
Over the next few weeks, Burning Man installations will go up in a San Francisco park and at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
Structurally Sound: Seeing the Forest for the Steel Trees
We often think of bands making the festival circuit, but sculptures? Designed by industrial artist Charles Gadeken, ENTWINED consists of five sculptural steel trees. One tree was installed at last year’s Beyond Wonderland music festival in San Bernardino, Calif., and then three months later, all five appeared at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas; two of them also traveled to this year’s Toronto Light Festival. Together, the trees form an interactive climbing grove and gathering space for festival attendees from day to night, providing a shady place of repose during daylight hours and an entrancing experience come nightfall, complete with glowing colored LED “leaves.”
The hottest hotel design trend? Hipster-inspired hospitality
San Francisco Chronicle—
June 27th 2017
The latest wave of hipster hotels hosts DJs and boasts artists-in-residence, whose work is on display, as well as for sale, to admiring guests. The hotels hire local craftspeople to build custom furniture and have playrooms with life-size games. They offer guests signature bikes and bike maps to help them navigate the city’s hills. Since the trend shows no signs of fading, we decided to take a close look at five San Francisco hotels that embody this hipster spirit.
Heirloom Tech: The Math and Magic of Muqarnas
Hidden Potential Transformations—
December 16th 2016
What is muqarnas and why is it so magical? Muqarnas is a style of architectural ornamentation that dates back to the middle of the 10th century, originating in Iran and North Africa. In essence, muqarnas compositions are 3D manifestations of 2D Islamic geometric designs, meaning these insanely complex designs were made using nothing more than a humble compass and ruler.
Robina Town Centre Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Burning Man Art
Blank Gold Coast—
April 25th 2016
As part of a two-month series of events, Robina Town Centre has commissioned a celebratory centrepiece, a one-of-a-kind, interactive art installation by American artist Charles Gadeken. The artwork, called Aurora, is a towering 9m tall weeping willow with a trunk 2.5m in diameter and a 12m wide canopy. And it’s come all the way from Burning Man to the Gold Coast.
Artist Charles Gadeken and Absolut Built a Massive Cube in the Middle of Nowhere in South Africa and Threw an Insane Party
September 23, 2014
by Karizza Sanchez
This past Saturday, Absolut continued its "Nights by Absolut" series in Johannesburg, South Africa—the second stop on its four-city/country worldwide initiative. For the event in South Africa, the brand collaborated with artist Charles Gadeken, who often uses fire as a medium to create incredible installation pieces. The goal: To create something unlike anything local and international guests have ever witnessed or been a part of before.
An Exclusive First Look At The Other-Worldly Art Of Burning Man 2014
The Huffington Post—
July 30, 2014
by Carly Schwartz
One of the very best things about Burning Man, the week-long, post-apocalyptic celebration of creative expression that pops up in the Nevada desert each August, is the awe-inspiring collection of art on display.
Forget the Music, There's Art at Coachella
The Huffington Post—
April 25, 2014
by Eric Minh Swenson
Most people, even in the art world, seemed surprised that large-scale art is exhibited at the Coachella Music Festival, thinking that sculptural, interactive art of that scale is only reserved for Burning Man.
San Francisco Hospital Announces New Heart Designs for 'Hearts in San Francisco' 10th Anniversary Today
February 14th 2013
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (SFGHF) announced that it will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hearts in San Francisco project at the Heroes & Hearts Luncheon and Hearts After Dark today, February 13, 2014, with twelve new heart designs for the 2014 series.
LED Willow Tree Sculpture 'Aurora' is Coming to Palo Alto
November 12, 2013
“Aurora” is an interactive LED sculpture of a willow tree by artist Charles Gadeken. Originally displayed at the Burning Man festival, the 40,000-LED sculpture is now headed to Palo Alto, where it will be installed for one year at City Hall Plaza.
‘Aurora’ art piece will light Palo Alto skies starting Nov. 16
November 11, 2013
On Saturday, Nov. 16, Aurora — an art piece created by Charles Gadeken that originally debuted at Burning Man in 2011 — will finally be lit in front of Palo Alto’s City Hall. It will remain there for 365 days.
Innovative Art of Burning Man Ditches the Desert to Find New Life in Cities
September 13th 2013
Burning Man — once a small, alternative gathering in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada — has evolved into America’s largest arts festival. KQED’s Thuy Vu reports on how San Francisco’s arts and technology communities have influenced the annual gathering and how their installations are finding new lives beyond the festival.
Big Art at Burning Man: Charles Gadeken's HELIX
July 30, 2013
In the heavens, you see the first star twinkling in the night sky. But a burst of flame draws your gaze back to earth. In front of you stands an awesome work of art. A 20 foot tall metal tree rises from the barren Black Rock Desert floor. Its branches terminate in spinning orbs of flame, like fallen nebula that landed in the perfect arrangement on this tree. As you approach, the fiery stars spin faster, change colors and shoot bigger flames.
"Holy shit," you think to yourself. "Holy shit."
You've just stumbled upon amazing Bay area artist, Charlie Gaedeken's latest work, HELIX.
Coachella: A Giant Astronaut, Mirrored Blocks and More Artwork at the Fest
The Hollywood Reporter—
April 23, 2013
Like many of the pieces at Coachella this year, "Squared" transformed from day to night. The tree-like sculpture with cube-like leaves lit up in bright neon colors when the sun went down.
Artist Interview with Sculptor Charles Gadeken
May 10, 2013
His interactive, kinetic sculptures may look like mind-blowing creations from another world, but Charles is not a stranger in a strange land. This year will mark the 21st consecutive year that Charles has attended Burning Man. The veteran Burner started out painting large banners that stretched across the playa. For the last 11 years, he has transformed metal, fire, light and electronics into hearts, flowers, trees and indescribably beautiful objects.
What are those giant hearts in Union Square?
December 6, 2011
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (SFGHF) today announced the 14 artists participating in the 2012 Hearts in San Francisco series – an annual public art exhibition that raises funds to support life-enhancing programs at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.
Fire Without Borders III
A View From the Brink—
A local group associated with the Burning Man art festival, calling themselves Burners Without Borders…advertised for Burning Man artists to create and build fire rings, so that bonfires would be in designated places and hopefully this would help make it easier to clean, thus avoiding a bonfire ban.
A deal was struck and after reviewing concept submissions, four teams of artists were chosen, each with completely different ideas on how to create a fire ring.