Cai Guo-Qiang - Sky Ladder reaches for the stars

 
 

I was fortunate enough to see Cai Guo-Qiang's stunning exhibition at the New York Guggenheim a few years ago. This was the first contact I had with his work and process. The scale and depth of his work is just thrilling to me so I decided to bring this short Art.sy film to your attention. It focusses on the artist's large-scale gunpowder drawings made by a series of sketches, which are then cut into stencils. Afterwards, gunpowder is applied and the piece is ignited. The moment of explosion is the fantastic conclusion to millions of years of minerals evolving; this meeting of past and present is a key aspect of Cai's work.

Cai Guo-Qiang sky ladder seen from the ground perspective