Cosmic relief at Coachella festival

This year's Coachella music festival in Indio, California, at the weekend boasted big names such as Ariana Grande and K-pop stars Blackpink.

But it was this giant astronaut that stole the show as festivalgoers danced around it and jumped up to touch it, while snapping selfies.

A white version of the moving art installation landed on the annual festival in 2014, but this one was different, said its creator, art studio Poetic Kinetics, because it had a metallic exterior and appeared more weather-beaten, having supposedly "travelled" to planets and moons.

The 11m-high spaceman had to be transported to the venue in five trucks, and then assembled on the field.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2019, with the headline 'Cosmic relief at Coachella festival'. Print Edition | Subscribe