Sky Ladder: A Pyrotechnic Artwork by Cai Guo-Qiang Soaring Over the Shore of Huiyu Island
Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, uses gunpowder to create incredible drawings and performance events. For his latest project titled "Sky Ladder", Guo-Qiang attached a 1,650ft long wire ladder studded with fireworks and gunpowder to a hot air balloon. The ladder was then taken up and ignited to create the spectacular ﬁrework display. The fiery art installation was Guo-Qiang’s third attempt at creating the project and a labour of love dedicated to his elderly grandmother who raised him. "Sky Ladder touches my heart deeply: it carries affection for my hometown, my relatives and my friends." Guo-Qiang says, "In contrast to my other attempts, which set the ignition time at dusk, this time the ladder rose toward the morning sun, carrying hope. for me, this not only means a return but also the start of a new journey."