The Ladder made of Fire(works) into the Sky

A fiery, eighty-second artwork from earlier in the summertime that seems to indicate a towering ladder made of fireworks is going viral.

It was Guoqiang’s third attempt at creating Sky Ladder. In 1994, the artist attempted a similar show, but strong winds hindered the progress. In 2001, he tried again when China hosted the APEC summit, but restricted aerial access due to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks meant that Guoquiang’s dream installation was again put on hold.

This beautiful installation, by artist Cai Guoqiang, occurred in June in Quanzhou Metropolis in China’s southeast Fujian Province. It was carried out utilizing a big weather balloon pulling on a 500-meter long wire ladder studded with fireworks and gunpowder, according to Yahoo News.

Sky Ladder, referred to by some as a “stairway to heaven,” was dedicated to the Cai’s grandma, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

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Thanks to Purple Sim for bringing it into out attention 🙂


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