2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 1

Coachella: What They Built in the Desert

Trippy, immersive, and, of course, ready-made for Instagram, Coachella's art installations nearly stole the show.

ETHEREA Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella ETHEREA Three translucent architectural sculptures — each five to seven stories high — rose dreamlike from the concert grounds. Created by Edoardo Tresoldi and fashioned from wire-mesh, they were there...and not there, depending on your state of mind. INSIDE ETHEREA Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella INSIDE ETHEREA The see-through, walk-through, baroque structures — called Etherea — seemed to transform as the blazing desert sky turned from bright blue to purple night, giving concert-goers a meeting place as well as a spot to take a breath and think deep thoughts. SPECTRA Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella SPECTRA Coachella's most Instagrammable installation was certainly the seven-story Spectra — it even came with its own filters! Walking up to the observation deck, your view of the desert changed with every step, now red, now orange, now yellow. LODESTAR Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella LODESTAR Lodestar, a cartoonish airplane making a soft landing, was fashioned of glass, polished metal, and recycled and repurposed objects by artist, designer, and master builder Randy Polumbo. LODESTAR BY NIGHT Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella LODESTAR BY NIGHT SUPERNOVA Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella SUPERNOVA Like a glowing star atop a giant cosmic Christmas, Supernova shot out 40 feet in all directions. PALM-3 WORLD STATION Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella PALM-3 WORLD STATION Simón Vega, an artist from El Salvador, created this massive sculpture — which he called Palm-3 World Station — that looked like a mashup of a satellite and a shantytown. PALM-3 WORLD STATION BY NIGHT Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella PALM-3 WORLD STATION BY NIGHT THE DESERT AS CANVAS Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella THE DESERT AS CANVAS