Art in the desert

April 22, 2009

This past weekend everyone made the trek to Indio, CA for the Coachella Music Festival. For the event many sculpture artists and architects were challenged to create pieces of art that would allow visitors to interact and better experience the space. Here are two that caught my eye:

Bamboo Starscraper

Bamboo Starscraper

Nearly 90 ft tall this bamboo starscraper created by Gerard Minakawa served as an impressive refuge from the blazing sun. Minakawa is the founder of Santa Barbara-based furniture bamboo company, Ukao, and is currently working with Aids for Aritsans in Bolivia to create new products with indigenous craftspeople. A great example of sustainable art, Minakawa donates all materials used in the creation process to Habitat for Humanity at the end of the show.


False Profit Labs is a San Francisco based company that creates science inspired artwork. For Coachella, they designed a piece which allows people to experience themselves in art. With a clip-on heart monitor the Pyrocardium amplifies and illuminates the beat and shoots flames from 12 ft tall pipes that pulsate to their heart’s natural rhythm.


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