On the Christian calendar it is Ascension Thursday, but an even more unbelievable Ascension is this origami-inspired crane at the entrance of this year’s Coachella Music Festival.
Dubbed as Ascension, the crane is made from modular aluminum tubes and Textilene – a mesh fabric. Standing 45 feet tall with an all-engulfing 150-foot wingspan, the huge crane features multi-colored LED lighting that gets nourishment from two adjacent photovoltaic stations. The photovoltaic systems double as a canopy and benches.
Created by LA-based Crimson Collective, the bird (doesn’t it look like one?) weighs 35,000 pounds and all of the installation’s parts fit into a single shipping container. Well, let me tell you that Ascension is just a character part of what Crimson has done elsewhere.