“Etherea” is the installation conceived by Edoardo Tresoldi for the 2018 Coachella festival, taking place over two consecutive weekends (April 13-15 and 20-22).

The Italian artist, known for his majestic wire mesh sculptures with transversal characteristics, featured in archaeological contexts, public spaces and music and contemporary art festivals worldwide, has been named by Forbes as one of the 30 most influential European artists.

“Etherea” is Tresoldi’s biggest artwork to date and also the largest at Coachella, which has been commissioning international artists to conceive monumental works for its vast grounds since 2009. Tresoldi’s research, focused on the experiential perception of the space and the relationship with the landscape’s elements, moves ahead with a significant change of scale. The installation consists of three transparent sculptures inspired by Neoclassical and Baroque architecture, all with identical shapes but different sizes, positioned on an axis and measuring 36, 54 and 72 feet in height, respectively.

“Etherea” follows a growing experiential path where architecture becomes a tool and place for contemplation, a dedicated space where the sky and clouds are narrated through the language of classical architecture. Thanks to the transparent wire mesh, an optical effect made of perspectives and dimensional relationships is generated by the passage through the three sculptures and measuring scales, which either amplifies or reduces the distance between man and sky.

Photography by Roberto Conte

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