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The Sky Ladder is a 1,650-foot ladder of fire climbing into the skies above artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s hometown. Told through the artist’s own words and those of family, friends and observers, the film tracks Cai’s meteoric rise and examines why he engineers artworks that loom as far as the eye can see.Director: Kevin Macdonald
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With ethereal artworks traced in flames and gunpowder, Cai Guo Qiang is making a big bang.
Read the full article on the Smithsonian.
Cai Guo-Qiang, the Chinese installation and pyrotechnic artist, recently told me that as a child he had a recurrent dream of a fireworks display in Tiananmen Square at which no one was present—no crew, no audience—except him.
Read the full article on the New Yorker.
On June 15, 2015 at 4:49 am, Cai Guo-Qiang realized the explosion event Sky Ladder off the shore of Huiyu Island, a small and picturesque fishing village in the artist’s hometown of Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China.
Continue reading from the Cai Studio Newsletter.
Visit the artist’s official website.
Art with a political agenda is often considered inferior – but that’s not fair, writes Alastair Sooke.
Continue reading on the BBC.
Fireworks haven’t always been a symbol of celebration.
Find out more on the Washington Post.
"Sky Ladder teaches you through sight, sound and dialogue about a new artistic language, while making you an expert on one of its masters."
"Nothing typifies the toweringly celestial ambition of the Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang than his “sky ladder”, a project over 20 years in the making."
"Few documentaries about an artist need to make you appreciate the person. This one does. It's an endearing portrait of someone with a lot of integrity and humanity."