Cai Guo­-Qiang's Dazzling 1,650ft Sky Ladder

Cai Guo­-Qiang's Dazzling 1,650ft Sky Ladder

We previously presented the artwork of the extraordinary Chinese artist Cai Guo­-Qiang.

These stunning photographs show the 1,650ft ladder, which was made with fireworks, stretch right up into the sky in Quanzhou, south-eastern China, on Monday. The ladder, which was made of metal wire and aluminum, was filled with gunpowder and attached to the bottom of a hot air balloon. The balloon, which was made with special material, was launched from a boat off the shore of nearby Huiyu Island.

Called the 'Sky Ladder', the project started off as a dream for Mr Cai 21 years ago when he was visiting Bath, England. He designed the performance by drawing a draft of the design on the window of an art gallery. He said he wanted to put on a spectacular fireworks show to thank his grandmother for supporting his dream of being an artist.

'My grandma was born in a small fishing village in Quanzhou and sold fish to help her grandson realise his artistic dream,' the artist revealed.

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