Olalekan Jeyifous Built Coachella’s 50-Foot ‘Crown Ether’ Sculpture
In the United States, right now, it's Coachella season. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the world.
While people that rave about Coachella tend to focus solely on the music side of the festival, the art installations and sculptures that pop up are usually just as impressive as the varied selection of headliners – if not more.
This year, one of the most impressive art installations at Coachella is a towering, 50-foot sculpture called the “Crown Ether” by Brooklyn-based, Nigerian artist, Olalekan Jeyifous.
Olalekan, who was partly raised in Ile-Ife, is a trained architect and designer; and was previously an Artist-in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, and the Visible Futures Lab at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
According to Olalekan, in a statement on the Coachella website:
"In 'Crown Ether', a community on columns rises towards the sky, exploring the relationship of the terrestrial to the sublime.
It's a variant on a conventional tree house that represents a coming together of people around the music and the arts."
Olalekan's works have been exhibited throughout the world, his pieces seek to reconcile the need for space and its displacement.
You can check out more of his art via his website.
By Olanrewaju Eweniyi, published on 18/04/2017