The Awakening Tree is an interactive & participatory art installation that is designed to reconnect you with your energy systems. Created by light artist Gabriel Fontanillo and NUR Living Lights collective. The Awakening Tree will make its climbable debut at Burning Man: Waking Dreams this year.

Concept Rendering of The Awakening Tree

The installation is a 12 meter tall wooden tree sculpture. Inside, there are three tiers of climbable platforms representing our 3 brains, Digestive (Intestines), Circulatory (Heart) and Nervous (Brain). A double spiral helix of LED light string runs up the interior of the tree, cycling through the colors of our chakras, to represent the movement of our Kundalini energy.

Interior Mockup & Early Concept Installation

The Awakening Tree is here to remind us of who we are and what we are made of. E=mc2, everything is energy. Reconnecting with our essence is the path to true freedom.
Concept Rendering of The Awakening Tree

THE FUNDementals

We need your help to plant the seed that will give birth to The Awakening Tree. Our talented artists and crew are all volunteers, donating their time and effort to awakening this dream. Our goal of €12,500 will go towards the necessary materials, tools and unavoidable logistical costs. As well as food and safety equipment for volunteers.

Our dream is to sprout The Awakening Tree to 12 meters tall. Thanks to the generosity of our current donors we can currently afford to build the tree 6 meters high. With your support you can help us nurture the tree and watch it grow! Each donation the tree receives will bear fruit for the donors, in the form of a special gift, to show our appreciation. 

Other ways you can help the tree grow is by planting the seed. Help us spread the word by sharing our GoFundMe campaign. This often overlooked little sprout grows into a towering canopy! Please share, tag, like our project to grow it to fruition.

The main assembly of the tree will take place in early August, in Newport, Oregon, if you wish to volunteer or donate materials. Contact lead Artist: Gabriel Fontanillo for more information.


Lead artist Gabriel Fontanillo of NUR Living Lights is inspired by biology, energy, light and interactivity. 
Lead Artist Gabriel Fontanillo

In 2017 he developed the NOCTILUCA facility in San Pancho, Mexico. An art installation around 1500m3, an installation for a restaurant on the beach in Nayarit. Inspired by the local Noctiluca, bioluminescent plankton. It was his first work of Perceptual Biomimicry, it plays with space and scale perspective to reproduce the visual sensation of being a Nocticula floating in their luminescent cloud of phytoplankton.

NOCTILUCA Installation, Nayarit, San Pancho, Mexico

The Awakening Tree is the second piece in this line of research, it shrinks our perspective down to that of a particle ascending through the tree's energy system. 

DodecaGreen Installation at The Awakening Tree fundraiser event in Spain.

Gabriel is currently collaborating with an art center in Albaicin, Granada, where you can experience several installations that you can enter, walk, climb… Interacting from different points of you.

«No se ofrecen sorteos, premios u otros fines de ganancia a cambio de Donativos hechos a su GoFundMe».


“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
 And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 
 Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
 And Eternity in an hour”

- William Blake
 Excerpt from Auguries of Innocence

Donations (23)

  • Christopher Chen
    • €50 
    • 1 yr
  • Sophia Kogan
    • €75 
    • 1 yr
  • Devon Lochmiller
    • €50 
    • 1 yr
  • Rebecca Grubman
    • €75 
    • 1 yr
  • Todd Ross
    • €50 
    • 1 yr

Fundraising team: NUR team (4)

Gabriel Fontanillo Riesco
Raised €4,870 from 7 donations
Ali Ardie
Team member
Raised €75 from 2 donations
Arterrisc Co
Team member
Raised €30 from 1 donation
Irene Sanz
Team member
This team raised €855 from 13 other donations.

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