Gallery: Coachella’s Giant Origami Solar-Powered Crane Installation


You know what this year’s Coachella music festival could really use- a giant origami crane at the entrance. Oh wait! They already have one, and it’s lit up with LEDs and powered by a solar system. Built by LA-based Crimson Collective, the sculpture, called Ascension, was inspired by the Japanese tradition of folding a thousand crane in order to receive a wish.  We spotted this LED awesomeness on The Architect’s Newspaper and we couldn’t be more excited about the idea. As thousands of fans enter the festival they will pass under its welcoming wings, and be part of the collective intention of the crane.

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  1. okame April 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    hi iangarrett,
    i also noticed the palm trees looked incredible. was your team part of that? are you able to share the name of your company?

  2. iangarrett April 18, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Designer from the lighting team here, glad you like it eco-panda!

  3. eco-panda April 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    the most amazing thing i ever seen ^^ i love the colors too.

  4. crane-ium April 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the sneak peak. The crane looks amazing. More details about the design of this piece will be posted soon at Check for updates.

  5. engin33r April 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Hopper Engineering ( did the engineering for the crane. It was a fun job (not everyday you design a 150′-0″ wingtip to wingtip bird)…

    Ironically the most difficult part of the design was keeping it from flying away.

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