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Projects for Extraterrestrials: Explosive Art by the legendary Cai Guo-Qiang

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Since 1990, Chinese artist, Cai Guo-Qiang began working on large scale site-specific works that were temporal performance installations using fireworks and gunpowder. These projects titled ‘ Projects for Extraterristrials’ spanned across buildings and landscapes all over the world.  His most expansive project to date include the Project to Extend the Great Wall of China by 10,000 Meters: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 10 in 1993 which involved a 6 mile-long gunpowder fuse that extended beyond the West end of the Great Wall of China. The fuse which burned for 15minutes, travelled across the stretch like a smoking dragon, creating a trail across the dunes symbolic of China’s historic and mythical existence.

Project to Extend the Great Wall of China by 10,000 Meters: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 10, 1993 from Cai Studio on Vimeo.

And the artist continues his explorations with the medium,  materializing what is symbolic and historic, experimenting with color, shape and timing across the sky.

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One of his recent projects, ” Creation of Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave” Illustrates his advances perfectly:

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For more information about the artist and his other projects visit www.caiguoqiang.com.