Music, art, desert vibes. That’s the essence behind Coachella, and each year the art seems to get bigger and bolder.
We’re impressed by The Messengers by Kumkum Fernando, a series of towering block-like robot sculptures, standing between 65 feet and 80 feet high. Their vibrant paint and pattern is a reflection of Fernando’s south-asian heritage and inspiration, which combines multiple patterns and colors together.
The sculptures grace the main stage yard at Coachella, and are lit at night, and take on a different color and persona.
We appreciate the artistic personality that the robots imbue, and look forward to more of Fernando’s fascinating sculpture.
“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.”