‘sky ladder’ by cai guo-qiang, 2012
all images by zen sekizawa for the museum of contemporary art
cai guo-quiang: sky ladder
the geffen contemporary at museum of contemporary art, los angeles, california, USA
on now until july 30th, 2012
the museum of contemporary art in los angeles, california opens the first west coast solo exhibition of new york-based artist cai guo-qiang‘s
explosion installation ‘sky ladder’. his new work continues to explore his interest in time, space and metaphysics. the artist has developed
both a site-specific, public explosion event for the grounds of the museum in addition to three gunpowder drawings housed in the building’s
‘mystery’ circle, the site-specific part of the exhibition, contains three stages of pyrotechnics, each of which is ignited at a specific part of the day.
at dusk, flying saucer girandolas rise from the rooftop. when set on fire, mini rockets forming crop circles are launched toward
the audience before falling to the ground. following this blaze, an alien-god figure is outlined from bottom to top by gunpowder fuse,
until the halo, when mini rockets are shot upward to the air, leaving a residue of the outline.
‘his work engages his audiences both experientially and visually. it is spectacular but also intimate. cai draws the viewer
into his imagined world.‘ – jeffrey deitch, MOCA director
detailed view of the aftermath from the wall-mounted gunpowder being incinerated on april 8th
the installation is ignited