Coachella 2019’s top installations

Tomorrow is the second round up of the best known music festicval in California. The Indio desert lights up among giant cactuses, astronauts, spaceships and colored baobabs.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, now in its 20th edition, presents once again a great set of large-scale sculptural installations designed both to feed the imagination of Coachella as an experiential and pop-up city, and to act as landmarks to help map and navigate the field, offering central gathering points, as well as places for respite and shelter from the desert heat.

These are the seven main installations designed by multidisciplinary artists from as far afield as Burkina Faso, the UK, Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley: "Mismo", a garden of six massive paisleys typical of fashion designer Sofia Enriquez’s graphic vocabulary; "Serbalé Ke" by architect Francis Kéré, twelve colored towers that recall the baobabs of his hometown, the village of Gando in Burkina Faso; "Overview Effect" by Poetic Kinetics, a giant astronaut flying over musicians, projecting their faces and names on its helmet visor and space suit name tag, respectively;

"Colossal Cacti" by the creative LA-based studio Office Kovacs, whose seven cactuses sprawl like a skyline, casting long shadows and creating a fun, attractive, and shaded gathering space; “Spectra” tower by NEWSUBSTANCE, designed to offer a panoramic view of the desert and remain permanently in Coachella for the next three years; "Foiled Plan" by the artist Peggy Noland who integrated large-scale painting, custom-made furniture and sculptural cactuses in the stagefront arena; and finally the "H.I.P.O" spaceship for hippos by the surrealist duo Dedo Vabo.

Alongside all this, the balloons by Robert Bose, the stage designs by Do LaB and Raices Cultura, the artists from the City of Coachella.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Empire Polo Club, Indio, California
Opening dates:
April 12-14 and 19-21, 2019
Lance Gerber

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