The 31 colorful, towering plants of the “Chiaozza Garden” art installation at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival are anything but subtle. Yet they still fit harmoniously into the desert landscape, lending a playful, friendly note to the festival grounds amid the punishing, 90-degree heat and harsh sunlight.
The alien-like bulbous structures are made of stucco and painted in bright pastel shades – pinks and oranges, blues and greens. They cast immense shadows in which festival goers lie down and nap. Couples take selfies against the colorful stems. Some gaze at one or two of the more exuberant gourds topped with tassels and compare the shapes to female anatomy, to the sights at a burlesque show.
The installation reminds Connie Calimbas and Katie Capello, both from Long Beach, of a garden drawn by Dr. Seuss.
Connie and Katie from Long Beach say the Chiaozza Garden “is out of Dr….