Coachella 2015

People on Drugs Review the Art at Coachella

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1. Big Horn Palace by Shrine and Joel Dean Stockdill

OC Weekly/Christopher Victorio

Interview 1: Two girls wearing beautiful jewelry resting on one of the pillars of the piece

OC Weekly: So what do you think this piece is about?

It's uhhhhhhhh, I guess, Eastern-European-inspired Indian and maybe uhhh. Yeah. And maybe like Arabic culture? I don't know. It's really interesting, I... I love the elephants and all the detail and all the lights.

Do you think there's some special meaning behind it?

Uhh, probably, I mean it's really artistic, there has to be some type of inspiration. It's really different and original and fits the mood of everybody just being themselves, very different, very different.

What do you think about the use of cans in this piece?

Oh shit! I didn't even realize that... (to friend) They're cans!

Friend: wow, yeah that's pretty cool.

2. Corporate Headquarters by Derek Doublin and Vanessa Bonet

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OC Weekly/Christopher Victorio

Interview 1: Young guy rolling around on the grass while stoned.

What do you think of this piece?

I think it's pretty on point about corporate America and about how corporations are stealing from people without accountability and all that...

Have you seen any other art pieces that you liked?

The tractor (from EarthMover), they all look very recycled in a way, except for Headquarters, it's kind of's kind of a different theme.

Do you think this is a very successful piece?

Ohhhh yes, haha. If you're asking me about it, it makes me even question, oh, what does this have to do with Coachella, like why is this here. If all the other pieces are different... like they definitely made the Corporate Headquarters stand out the most, and I'm pretty sure it's on purpose, trying to say something... yeah it makes me connect it to the other pieces. Makes me think about it a lot more. But yeah the Corporate Headquarters, it makes me wonder about corporate, I know it really wants to... whoever was behind it wants to send out a message about corporate headquarters, and maybe I don't know exactly what it is. It's neat. They pass off a more negative vibe than the other pieces. But it makes me think about it.

Interview 2: Long haired guy with open shirt and chest exposed

What do you think this art piece means?

I think this piece means COA-CHE-LAAAH!

I don't know, I really don't know. It could be we're working like animals everyday, it could be an interpretation of everyday life...and how we are, we're getting... I don't know. I really don't know, it's trippy as hell.

Do you think it's a successful piece?

Yeah it is, I mean clearly everyone's around here and watching it. It's pretty interesting to watch.

Anything thoughts to add?

I would just like to tell everyone that uh, stay Coachella happy, and COACHELAAAAAA!

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