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Meet Olalekan Jeyifous, Nigerian Artist Behind 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.

The live performances aren’t the only must-sees at the festival this year. Also present, is a towering, 50-foot sculpture called the “Crown Ether” by Brooklyn-based, Nigerian artist, Olalekan Jeyifous

“Crown Ether” explores the “relationship of the terrestrial to the sublime,” says the Cornell-trained artist who was partly raised in Ilé-Ifẹ̀, Nigeria in a statement on Coachella’s website. The installation is a variant on a conventional tree house that represents “a coming together of people around the music and the arts.”

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Jeyifous’ latest design is an experiment in the symbolism and science of public architecture. The trained architect and designer was previously Artist-in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts and in the Visible Futures Lab at the School of Visual Arts. His drawings, murals and sculptures have been exhibited throughout the world. You can see more of his work via his website.

 

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