California – An art installation at music festival Coachella is providing attendees with a refuge from sensory overstimulation. The Playground is a large-scale artwork by multidisciplinary design studio Architensions that brings wellness considerations to the fore of festivals.
Comprising four steel wireframe towers, The Playground is a colourful structure that serves as an assembly point for festival-goers, inspired by public spaces in urban settings like piazzas, arcades and parks. With no technology or screens, the installation seeks to offer a welcome break from the sensory overload of music festivals, providing a space for attendees to take a breather before continuing with their revelry.
While most stages and experiences at festivals vie for attendees’ attention with loud displays and immersive experiences, The Playground goes against the grain by offering a space for rest, relaxation and contemplation. As such, it’s following the broader trend for Enlightened Spaces that favour moments of self-discovery over shared spectacle.
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