Coachella: Early arrivers face heat, massive caterpillar

April 11, 2015 12:50 AM

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As the first arrivals raced onto the wide-open, perfectly tended pitch on the Empire Polo Field for the first day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, they were greeted by - what else? - a gargantuan caterpillar.

Specifically, it's a sculpture called "Papilio Merraculus" by Poetic Kinetics. Roughly the size of a tract home, it will lord over the field this weekend. (A symbol? Perhaps, but only if it transforms into a butterfly over the next three days.)

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