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First look: Coachella brings shimmering cathedrals, repurposed jets, and AR to the High Desert

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First look: Coachella presents shimmering cathedrals, repurposed jets, and AR installations to the High Desert. Pictured, Lodestar (Courtesy Goldenvoice)
First look: Coachella presents shimmering cathedrals, repurposed jets, and AR installations to the High Desert. Pictured, Lodestar (Courtesy Goldenvoice)

The Coachella Arts and Music Festival kicks off this weekend outside Los Angeles, bringing with it a wide-ranging program of colorful, sculptural artworks by a handful of local and international artists. Years past have brought dynamic artworks by designers like Bureau Spectacular, among others.

This year’s presenters include R&R Studios, a Miami-based duo made up of Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquart. The visual art-, architecture-, and design-focused creatives have brought their star-shaped sculpture, Supernova. This is the duo’s second year exhibiting at Coachella, following the 2016 show.

Supernova by Miami-based R & R Studios. (Courtesy Goldenvoice)

Entertainment design studio NEWSUBSTANCE is making their Coachella debut with Spectra, a seven-story-tall sloped ramp structure clad in transparent orange and yellow panels.

Spectra by NEWSUBSTANCE. (Courtesy Goldenvoice)

Artist Randy Polumbo will bring Lodestar, 35-foot triangular”saucer” made from a repurposed Lockheed Martin Lodestar jet that sits on a trio of 10,000-pound legs.

Lodestar by Randy Polumbo. (Courtesy Goldenvoice)

Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi will grace the High Desert with his Etherea sculpture, a massive mesh-based work that evokes Baroque architecture.

Etherea by Edoardo Tresoldi. (Courtesy Goldenvoice)

El Salvadorian artist Simón Vega is presenting his Palm-3 World Station at the festival, a spherical sculptural work made up of repurposed components.

Palm-3 World Station by Simón Vega. (Courtesy Goldenvoice)

American artist Katie Stout will debut Display This Oasis, an augmented reality-based sculpture “that’s grounded in reality” and focuses on processing everyday objects through a special web-based app.

Los Angeles-based artist Adam Ferriss brings his Meta & Ditto augmented reality installation to the music festival, another app-based installation that utilizes “manipulated source images, computer code, and algorithms to psychedelic effect.” Photographs are not yet available for the two augmented reality-based installations.

We will be updating this post throughput the weekend with more images.

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