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Coachella 2010: Beware of Landsharks

April 17, 2010 | 10:39 pm


There are two hideous beasts trolling the Coachella field tonight. Terrible, neon green sea beasts with insatiable mandibles salivating over the chance to chomp unsuspecting hipster ankles.

They are remote-controlled "sharks," and if you've stood anywhere within earshot of the Do Lab this evening, at least one has munched your calves.

"People go crazy when they see them," said shark-pilot Shauna Hershfield of Santa Cruz, drolly steering her illuminated icthyoid into packs of bewildered stoners. Her boyfriend, artist Todd Williams, welded the two leviathans for Burning Man and was asked to bring them to Coachella for obvious reasons. "Landshark" twitches its tail, grinds its horrible jaws and bumps into people without even saying "Excuse me." It's maybe the funniest installation at the festival, but some attendees have gotten a little too friendly.

"People keep trying it feed it cigarettes," said Hershfield. "I just want to tell them 'Sweetie, no.' "

-- August Brown

Photo: A general view of atmosphere during Day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2010 in Indio, California. Credit: John Shearer/Getty Images