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Coachella- it’s not only about the music, the arts and installations make up a big part as well!

Have you ever thought about the designs behind your favorite music festivals? Who was commissioned to design the different installations and structures for the audience and performers to enjoy? Let’s take a look at one of the world’s most famous music festival- Coachella. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a great music venue that takes place over three days in the last week of April in California. There you can listen to different music genres such as alternative rock, pop, hip-hop and electronic among many others. The festival is known (in addition to its music), for the tradition of dressing with the hippie fashion of the 70s. It attracts a large number of celebrities from all areas, from pop stars, television, arts and film. Much like the different areas of entertainment which it covers, it all brings a large international crowd, and performers from all over the world. It is a massive crowd and in order to keep people entertainment over the course of a few days, there has to be more than just music to keep the crowd going.

Just in 2018, there were design studios from all over the world that made the installations and artworks headlining Coachella. Among many of the installations, there was a wire mesh form of three cathedral like pavilions done by an Italian artist named Eduardo Tresoldi. A very attractive piece with features found in neoclassical and baroque architectural styles. Then, there’s also Spectra- the seven-story cylindrical tower with a spiral staircase that leads you to the top of the structure and provided an incredible view to the event. Designed by UK studio called Newsubstance, the structure’s translucent panels offered saturated color views of the event at all times of the day and was illuminated with LED lights in different hues. We can’t also forget about the installation by Argentinian artists and architects Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt. They installed large, multi-colored spikes that provided the festival’s crowd with shade from the strong dessert sun and heat.

Photograph by Roberto Conte

 

Spectra by Newsubstance

 

Supernova by Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt (R&R Studios)

Above are just some of the installations that were designed and displayed in the event. There are numerous others that were also designed by different artists from all over the world. Bringing an international identity to the festival, bringing all kinds of people and ethnicities from all over with one purpose, to enjoy the music and arts as one. This is a tradition that is done every year and if you are going to take part in the Architect-US’ J1 Visa program, it may be worthwhile for you to check it out during your stay.

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