Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi unveiled his largest installation yet at this year’s Coachella, an annual music festival in Indio, California that just wrapped up festivities yesterday. Built in the image of Neoclassical and Baroque architecture, “Etherea” comprises three massive site-specific wire mesh structures that allow glimpses of the sky and California landscape to pass through and become one with the piece.
Built entirely of wire mesh, Etherea consists of three visually identical structures that vary only in size, measuring 36, 54, and 72 feet in height. The structures were set on an axis. The ephemeral installation’s transparency creates an optical effect that encourages contemplation of the relationship between man and sky.
“The installation plays ironically on the dualism between the pure and the filtered experiences that intertwine with one another, to eventually leave the man at the center of it all,” said the artist. “With the passage from a macro-reality to a restricted one, the human body becomes a key to read, discover, measure and experience reality, just like architecture itself. An analogy between man, architecture and their surroundings is ultimately established.” The installation was lit at night in a variety of colors to create an unearthly glow in the Indio desert and will be disassembled now that the festival has reached conclusion.
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