Artists have been selected from all around the world to transform the desert landscape in preparation for the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. This year's edition features massive sculptural works by Kumkum Fernando, Vincent Leroy, Güvenç Özel and Maggie West, infusing the skyline with architectural forms, vibrant colours and dazzling details. From towering robot figures to giant plants, these eye-catching exhibits add colour and creativity to the festival.
While Coachella is generally regarded for its musical aspect, artwork performs a prime position in placing the surroundings and improving the enjoy of the festival. “In deciding on initiatives from across the world, our aim is to deliver collectively artists, architects, and architects whose practices invite participation, inclusion, and transformation,” says curatorial consultant Raffi Lehrer. “We attempt to create a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural application that displays our target target market and the various acting artists that grace the ranges of the festival. The ensuing works becomes icons—a part of the identification of this year's show. These installations act concurrently as way-locating markers, factors of congregation, and maximum importantly, on hand access factors for show-goers to enjoy artwork.”
Each year, the pageant has grown artistically, attracting proficient creatives to show their paintings in addition to severa fanatics to look the installations in person. “The arts software has advanced extensively due to the fact that inception and the participants, who come from round the arena and from Southern California are well-reputable of their fields, imparting high-quality and considerate works in a placing in which they are able to inspire, inform, and invite direct engagement with artwork and contemporary social and cultural issues and ideas,” provides Paul Clemente, the supervisor of the artwork software for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. “It is a completely unique thing of this Festival, and we simply undertaking to hold that spark into the network and adjoining college packages and our on-webweb page Coachella Arts Studios.”
THE MESSENGERS BY KUMKUM FERNANDO
Sri Lankan-born, Vietnam-based artist Kumkum Fernando drew inspiration for his installation from South Asian art and architecture. Titled The Messengers, it features three large-scale figures, ranging in height from 65 to 80 feet, covered in a variety of bright colours and prints. The collection of different patterns is inspired by Fernando's collection of different objects and objects that he has accumulated.
“Whenever I travel, I collect and document,” he says. “I have a library that I go through at different points in time. When I put them together, I often see unexpected things. I made a series of work completely out of window grills, another series from patterns from Persian rugs, and another from temple patterns. One day, I was arranging objects, and they appeared to form a figure. Then I thought I should make figures with these patterns.”