Charles Gadeken // Helix


photoCharles Gadeken has been working as a professional artist in the Bay Area for 20 years. Charles’ work incorporates mixed metals, interactive and kinetic elements and special effects in various forms such as fire, light and electricity.

 

This year, he brought Helix: a massive tree rising 15ft from the ground and reaching out with a 25ft fiery canopy. The branches of Helix twist, intertwine, and touch the sky, branching out into six massive nebulas spinning orbs of fire nested in copper cradles. Each ball ranges from 3ft to 5ft in diameter and is capable of spinning as slow as 1 RPM or as fast as 300 RPM, creating variable fire effects, from spinning candles, to bright blue solid balls of fire and raging orange infernos high above you. Below you, the ground is covered in a giant pool of light 100ft in diameter, made from millions of twinkling stars shining outwards. The pool creates an aura around the sculpture and bathes those below in a cool glow. The structural base forms an observation ring of benches that create seating for over 100 people.

 

To find out more about Charles Gadeken and his art, click here.

 

 
Charles Gadeken // Helix