In terms of the art, Coachella 2016 was for the lovers.
Among the highlights of the festival's always compelling art installations was a 130-foot-long-by-28-foot-tall piece entitled “Bésame Mucho,” a Spanish expression meaning “Kiss me a lot.” Designed by artists Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt (collectively known as R&R Studios), the piece was inspired by the iconic Hollywood sign and featured 100,000 silk flowers in shades of red, yellow and orange.
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The artists, who are both from Argentina but now live in Miami, described their piece as “[an] imaginary solution for a better world to come, a future of everyone dancing in the green — poetic and political, without being militant, a way to criticize with a positive point of view.”
The political allusions weren’t lost on the art critics at the L.A. Times and the positive energy was acutely felt by the hundreds if not thousands of couples who took time to share a smooch in front of the art installation. Like the dreamy ballad also bearing its name, “Bésame Mucho” captured the urgent and fleeting emotions of Coachella perfectly. “Kiss me, Kiss me a lot,” the song's lyrics implore, “As if tonight were the last time.”
Above, check out a slideshow of couples at “Bésame Mucho” by photographer Daniel DeSlover and click here for complete coverage of Coachella 2016 on AXS.com.