Amazing daytime firework display
How about celebrating the New Year Amazing Stuff style? Out with the old in with the new – fireworks in darkness is so 2011. 2012 is the year of the daytime firework, as shown in this amazing video by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, the artist responsible for pyrotechnics at the Beijing Olympics.
Cai uses ammunition usually used by the military as anti-missile decoys to create his work. This display was funded entirely by the Qatar Museum Authority, who are apparently happy to see their cash go up in smoke. Cai spent two months and 8000 shells to create what he calls “A Meditation on Life and Death – The Black Ceremony”.
Cai has been commissioned for a second explosive event in 2012, the rolling dunes of the Qatari dessert are to provide the dramatic setting.
When not blowing up the skies, Cai is a poster boy for the amazing Chinese peasant art movement. In 2010, he created Cai Guo-Qiang: Peasant Da Vincis which presented works from peasants in China which included homemade airplanes, helicopters, submarines, robots, etc. Amazing Stuff has already featured the incredible talents of Mr Wu, whose robots took centre stage at the exhibition.
Amazing Stuff wishes you a very happy and prosperous new year!