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by Katie Stout

Katie Stout makes you think differently about common objects, always casting them with a colorful, funky twist. For Coachella, she imagined a four-story-tall fountain but knew it was out of sync with desert water conservation. So she created it in augmented reality (AR)—a garden-like space where “water” falls from one of many floating, biomorphic forms.

“I like moving beyond a sculpture that’s grounded in reality,” she says. “I want you to feel like you’re really in it, even though it doesn’t exist. I want it to feel like a playground, with things to discover. And also a little confusing, being in this thing that looks like it will tickle you but nothing happens.”

Open the Coachella Camera feature in the mobile app, point your phone at the target image on site, and enter the virtual environment.

Display This Oasis

Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30: Art & Style list in 2017, Katie Stout makes colorful and often-humorous objects such as furniture, lamps and rugs in a style she calls “naïve pop.” Embracing imperfection and absurdity, the New York-based artist and designer’s strange and kitschy works have a bright charm and a refreshing feel of the handmade. “I don’t think there’s any reason that the things we are familiar with have to look or function in a certain way,” the Rhode Island School of Design and Art graduate says. “I imbue objects with their own character and let them be what they are.” Her objects suppress the norm and exude a spirit that welcomes viewers to consider the so-called deranged and demented in their everyday lives.

To experience Katie Stout’s AR sculpture, download the Coachella App and activate the Coachella Camera (available exclusively on iOS).

Katie Stout’s first foray into digital sculpture was created in collaboration with Simaxiom, a digital art studio that specializes in architectural and product visualizations.

To see more of Simaxiom’s work, visit their website at https://www.simaxiom.com/

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