top of page

The Power Station

In the fall of 2012, at the end of the run of the Hippo Hotel, Dedo Vabo partnered up with fellow hippo Chris Wagganer to pitch The Power Station to The Coachella Music and Arts Festival. It marked the first absurdist, performance-based installaion that the festival has comissioned since it began in 1999. The concept involved an elaborate electrical power station facility, harnessed by the raw energy of robust hippopotamuses. Teaming up with resident madman Syd Klinge, the Power Station featured Tesla Coils and Jacob's Ladders pulsing live current on the roof and walls of the structure.


Rumors had been swelling that the hippos were in fact the popular band Daft Punk. On the final night of Coachella, after the Red Hot Chili Peppers closed out their act, the entire festival audience swarmed the Power Station. The perimeter fence surrounding the structure was trampled as 100,000 fans descended upon the piece, dancing and screaming.
Coachella security busted through our door, into the tech booth, and demanded

that the lights and music be shut off.