DnA takes a look at the gigantic art installations at the Southland's biggest secular ritual, Coachella, and asks, why are visual landmarks growing in size and importance at the annual music festival. With KCRW's Jason Bentley, and "lightweaver" creators Alexis Rochas and Andreas Froech, of Stereo.bot.
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