Colossal Cacti

Check out the 2019 Coachella artist installations

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off this year with a range of colorful and mind-altering installations. Shown: Francis Kéré’s Sabarlé ke (Lance Gerber)
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off this year with a range of colorful and mind-altering installations. Shown: Francis Kéré’s Sabarlé ke (Lance Gerber)

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicked off today in the high desert outside of Los Angeles. This year’s artist installations include a who’s who of contemporary architects and designers bringing bright and bold installations and pavilions to the Coachella Valley’s Empire Polo Club, where the music festival takes place.

The 2019 artist lineup includes Francis Kéré, Los Angeles-based Office Kovacs, concert venue designers Do LaB, and more.

See below for a full run-down of the installations. AN will continue to update the post with additional photos as they become available over the weekend. 

Photo of a brightly colored sign in the desert in the shape of a paisley swirl

Sofia Enriquez’s Mismo (Lancer Gerber)

Photo of a brightly colored large sign in the shape of a paisley flower

Sofia Enriquez’s Mismo (Lancer Gerber)

Sofia Enriquez

Sofia Enriquez has designed a super-scaled garden made up of six larger-than-life paisley sculptures that includes a stepped relaxation platform.

Photo of colored conical towers in a grassy field

Francis Kéré’s Sabarlé ke (Lance Gerber)

Photo of colored conical towers

Francis Kéré’s Sabarlé ke (Lance Gerber)

Francis Kéré

Francis Kéré has crafted 12 colorful towers that reference the baobab trees that grow in the region of Burkina Faso where Kéré is from. Rising up to 60 feet in height, the colorful, conical shapes are filled with light displays and provide much-needed shade for concert goers.

Photo of a floating astronaut sculpture

Poetic Kinetics’ Overview Effect (Lance Gerber)

Poetic Kinetics

For the 2019 run of the music festival, Poetic Kinetics has brought back its 2014 floating astronaut sculpture, Overview Effect. The battered spacesuit stands 70 feet tall and emits patterned light shows.

Photo of large metal cacti

Office Kovacs’s Colossal Cacti (Lance Gerber)

Office Kovacs

Office Kovacs’s Colossal Cacti consists of seven fluorescent cacti that range from 52 feet to 20 feet in height. The cacti are wrapped in mirrored spines that reflect sunlight and sit on a platform designed to reference the colors of Frank Stella’s Multicolored Squares.

Photo of a sculpture resembling a collapsing space rocket

Dedo Vabo’s Hazardous Interstellar Professional Operations (Lance Gerber)

Debo Vabo

Dedo Vabo’s Hazardous Interstellar Professional Operations is made up of a 72-foot-diameter base loaded with six performance spaces that highlight the trials and tribulations of a group of space-bound hippos.

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