15 Aug 2015

Dazzling 1,650ft “Sky Ladder” Made of Fireworks Climbs into the Heavens (9 Pics)

This flaming ladder leads straight to the heavens. Designed and built by Chinese artist Cai Guo­-Qiang earlier this year in July, the ladder reached 500 meters into the night sky and was held aloft by a giant helium balloon.

The balloon contained 6,200 cubic meters of helium and carried the project to sail above Huiyu Island Harbour, Quanzhou, China. The Sky Ladder burned for two and half minutes, a flaming tribute to a concept Guo­-Qiang first imagined as a child 21 years ago.
"Behind Sky Ladder lies a clear childhood dream of mine" Guo­-Qiang writes. "Despite all life’s twists and turns, I have always been determined to realize it. My earlier proposals were either more abstract or ceremonial. Sky Ladder today is tender, and touches my heart deeply: it carries affection for my hometown, my relatives and my friends."

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."


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