Wednesday, 14 December 2011
I've often wondered when someone will invent festival sized daytime firework displays and so to the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, this week, Chinese born artist Cai Guo-Qiang who works primarily in gunpowder, staged his largest "explosion event" of the last three years.
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Cai Guo-Qiang's gunpowder art works utilise microchip-controlled explosives to form incredible entertaining designs and patterns. For the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, he fine tuned each set of explosions to paint a different picture, in the airspace directly above via some savvy computer programming.
The artist used dye powder similar to the material used during India's Holi celebration surrounding a black powder core, made from naphthalene. Mothballs crushed into a fine powder and mixed with black-powder for a bursting charge. The explosives Cai Guo-Qiang uses are usually used by the military as anti-missile decoys.
Cai Guo-Qiang who is based in New York, was the artist who created a work for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. Go here to see him being interviewed during the opening of this event.