April 2018 - May 2019


"It’s like a super-colorful Bay Lights on acid with waves of trippy light pulsating at night" - Funcheap SF

SquaredSF by Charles Gadeken in Hayes Valley, San Francisco 2018. Photo by Kimberly Sikora.

SquaredSF by Charles Gadeken in Hayes Valley, San Francisco 2018. Photo by Kimberly Sikora.

squaredsf press

SFAC press release                                SF Funcheap

Curbed SF                                               Broke-ass Stuart

Hayes Valley Hoodline                           SF Weekly

About SQuaredsf 

SQUAREDSF was commissioned for temporary public installation at Patricia's Green in the Hayes Valley neighborhood by the San Francisco Arts Commission, supported by the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association. The artist, Charles Gadeken, is a San Francisco artist with a shared studio and maker space in Hunters Point, the Box Shop. A dedicated group of volunteers helped to make and install SQUAREDSF.

SQUAREDSF was installed April 20, 2018 and graced Patricia's Green until May 20, 2019.

The lights on SQUAREDSF ran from dusk till dawn with pre-set programs, which were updated throughout the year. At the opening and closing celebrations and various times throughout the year, the public could control the light patterns through an interactive touchscreen interface.

To see more images of the sculpture, search for #squaredsf on Facebook and Instagram.


about squared

As featured recently in The Wall Street Journal and Sculpture magazine, SQUARED is an abstract tree of gigantic proportions, the product of a futuristic world post-nature. The cubic form and fractal arrangement of 3D light pixels represent the evolution of organic matter and its amalgamation with digital technology. This monumental artwork reflects the universe of complexity, mystery, and serendipity that defines our journey through time and emergence into the future age. SQUARED was built in 2014 with funding from Coachella and Burning Man through the efforts of dozens of volunteers. In 2017, SQUARED was featured in a 6 month “Art of Burning Man” exhibit at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Virginia. Next, SQUARED goes to downtown Reno for a few years!

SquaredSF by Charles Gadeken. Video by Mike Russell.

SquaredSF by Charles Gadeken. Images by Kimberly Sikora, David Hill, Cathryn Blum.