Coachella art installations feature tower of chairs, buoys and mutts


Six artists have waited two years to feature their work at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and the installations feature themes of gathering, the local environment, immigration and a nod to historic design. 

This year’s mix of artists are from Romania, Argentina, Italy, the Netherlands, the U.S. and Palm Springs. 

Spectra, the seven-story, multi-colored tower, also returns. It was intended to be a three-year installation through 2020, but there has been no official word if the tower will remain beyond this year.

Here is a list of the installations and the artists’ descriptions. 

‘The Playground’ by Architensions

"The Playground" by Architensions at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 15, 2022.

Gathering places are popular at Coachella, and landmarks that stand out are useful meeting spots during the afternoon. That’s what “The Playground” by Architensions provides with four 42- to 56-foot steel towers with benches and piazzas connected by skybridges. Italianate — the piazza — is a 174-by-104-foot public square. 

Architensions, an architectural design studio led by Brooklyn and Rome-based architects Alessandro Orsini and Nick Roseboro, looked to visual artist Constant Nieuwenhuys’s “New Babylon,” designed 1959-74 to be an anti-capitalist city, for inspiration. It never came to fruition, but made many wonder about its possibilities.  


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