Festival Insights NEWS: Newsubstance’s Spectra lights up Coachella


Copyright Nenah Bondi

USA: This year’s Coachella commissioned the UK based studio Newsubstance to produce an art installation entitled ‘Spectra’ – a seven-storey pavilion that allowed festivalgoers to climb through spirals of colour and gain unprecedented views of the site.

The structure was one of six artworks commissioned for this year’s festival. Unlike the other works, however, Spectra is a permanent piece that will remain in place for at least the next three years.

A site-specific response to Coachella’s location in California’s Colorado Desert, Spectra both connects and contrasts with the landscape and sky, providing a relief to the flatness of the former while capturing and concentrating the colours of the latter.

Visitors climb a ramp that takes them on six revolutions of the structure to a viewing deck at the top. During the day, a succession of Perspex window panels bathe the space inside…



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