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A new sculpture by Charles Gadeken HELIX; Six spinning balls of fire, like stars fallen to earth, HELIX rises this summer.
A new sculpture by Charles Gadeken HELIX; Six spinning balls of fire, like stars fallen to earth, HELIX rises this summer.
144 backers pledged $10,107 to help bring this project to life.

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To approach HELIX in the night may make you feel as if you're moving on a space ship towards a small galaxy spinning in the inky blackness of space. The orbs on its branches twinkle like clusters of stars in the sky.

As you come closer, you recognize a massive tree rising 20ft from the dirt and reaching out with a 30ft fiery canopy. Huge branches twist, intertwine, and touch the sky, branching out into six massive nebula, 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 150 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 bath those below in a cool glow. The structural base forms an observation ring of benches that create seating for over 100 people.

Observers sit on these benches as they contemplate the tree, HELIX responds and change to their presence. The speed and intensity of the fire and the color of the light pulsates and changes as the crowd ebbs and flows.

To sit in the embrace of this tree is to cross over onto a new astral plane, projected onto the grounds of a desert from a world away.

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We are in the process of building this sculpture, there is a massive amount of work to be completed. We have received partial funding, but in order to complete the piece we need to raise at least $10,000. We need YOUR help to complete this project!

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    Custom HELIX LED encased in steel leaf, archival print, tshirt, stickers, postcards and our undying love!

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