We had a great time. Charlie’s cousin, Mary Gilbert, lives in San Francisco and helped put the weekend together.
Charlie Smith is an alchemist connecting people and communities through the creation of symbolic, ritualistic works. He uses group conceptual thinking, symbolic expression through shapes and textures, and the challenge of learning new processes and techniques like metal fabrication creating a powerful team dynamic. This year Charlie, and his community of visual, fire, and performing artists will be celebrating “The Convergence Ritual of Welcoming” around the 24×7 Timestar, a large burning hexagonal teeter-totter star that represents the flow of time, male and female working in harmony to create balance. Each night at midnight, the Timestar team will usher in the new day through a performance of the seven sacred rites: Sculpture + Fire + Symbolism + Music + Vocabulary + Dance + Communion. Each ceremony will welcome and invoke the god Andrealphus a child of the desert night. In this symbolic year of Anu, god of heaven and earth, Andrealphus returns to bless his children with the fruits of knowledge and the pleasures born of love.
Conceptually Charlie joined forces with musician Jason Floyd Hatcher to define the rituals and symbols for this work. The sculpture itself was built through a series of workshops in Atlanta and San Francisco where participants created symbolic elements and were hands-on welding the elements together. 2012 is a powerful year of transition and this ritualistic experience is designed to focus that power forward.
We hope you will stop by and see the completed work, they will be happy to meet you.