Coachella takes art to new heights!
The art installations at Coachella have always been iconic. Over the years, Coachella has displayed several pieces of art that embody the individuality and spirit of the festival. Here is a list of some of the most memorable art installations over the years.
1. Katrina Chairs
This installation from 2016 by Cuban artist, Alexandre Arrechea, towered over concert goers as they enjoyed the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, in Indio.
Artist: Robert Bose (New York, New York)
This floating sculpture twisted and turned with the Coachella breeze.
4. Corporate Headquarters
Artist: Derek Doublin and Vanessa Bonet
2015 brought us Corporate Headquarters, an amazing installation that was staffed so it could run through the day and deep into the night.
Artist: James Peterson
Cryochrome, was a creative refuge for festival-goers seeking a safe break from the heat. The 2015 installation was bus-sized and had an outer shell covered in CDs, and an inside that looked like it was made of bubbles. Taking a walk through the structure yielded a disorienting experience, due to its inability to sit totally still.
Artist: Poetic Kinetics
The 36-foot-tall astronaut that drifted around the festival is undoubtedly one of the most popular installations to come out of Coachella 2015. The astronaut featured radio-controlled animatronics, giving it the ability to make thumbs-up signs and more. It was even equipped with projection mapping technology, allowing visitors to have their face projected onto its helmet and even have their names appear on the moon man’s name tag.
Artist: Phillip K Smith
The piece was arranged in a circle 85 feet in diameter with a mesquite tree in the center. Surrounding it were room-like spaces: eight “portals”, which feature pulsing, LED-powered concentric circles that allow viewers to “bathe in the light” after sunset. The piece’s wall was made of steel columns covered in mirrors, which both reflect the festival scene outside and allow viewers to peer inside.
8. Jive joint
Artist: Super Tall Paul and Rossome
The Jive Joint from 2015 was an experiential Art Installation, featuring a colourful, cartoonish, Jazzy and New Orleans style house, complete with a front yard and white picket fence. Here, the artists entertained the special guests with a series of performances like dancing, singing and on the spot music looping that left them wanting some more.
Artist: Poetic Kinetics (Los Angeles, California)
This enormous flower rose above the crowds and danced in the sky. Camera men could sometimes be found in the petals videotaping moments of the festival.
10. Reflection Fields
Artist: Phillip K Smith
This 2014 installation caught everyone’s attention. A two-story-tall mirror installation that reflected the festival, desert, and surroundings—giving the impression that it was twice as long. At night, the LEDs glowed from within, bathing bystanders in an array of colors.
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