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.)