If you're planning on heading out to the desert this weekend for the Coachella Music and Arts festival, say hello to Jay-Z, Tiesto and Imogen Heap for me (you lucky bastard), then check out this giant art installation called Ascension. Created by Crimson Collective, a Los Angeles-based consortium of creative artists, architects, and designers, Ascension is based on the Japanese legend of a Thousand Cranes.
Universally accepted as a symbol of grace, wisdom, peace, and prosperity, Ascension is a 150-ft wide, 45-ft giant white origami crane crafted from soaring planes of white fabric and a modular aluminum and tension wire skeleton. Physically, the giant creature will serve as a living art installation; a beacon, a shelter, and a destination for visitors. Metaphorically, the giant crane carries a universal message of peace meant to be for and from the over 100,000 attendees at the annual 3-day music festival.
Besides being a giant origami art installation, Ascension is worth checking out because of two reasons. First, the aluminum structure is modular, making the crane a temporary but completely mobile structure that can be "ascend" from almost any flat site. It can then be packed into one 40 foot shipping container and taken around to different events. Second, around the crane will be two raised solar collection stations that harness the power of the sun throughout the relentless daylight hours. These cells will in turn power the crane's tranquil mood lighting system at night, making the crane completely energy independent and self-sufficient.
An art installation where visitors will pass through and seek shelter under the crane's wings. A symbol of peace. Pretty cool.