Footprints of History by Cai Guo-Qiang

Footprints of History by Cai Guo-Qiang

Footprints of History
2008
Installation Art, Conceptual Art, Earth Art, Performance Art, Postmodernism
Fireworks for 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony

An ephemeral art project ‘Footprints of History’ was a visual sculptural design for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony. Composed of 29 firework starbursts resembling giant footprints crossing over the Beijing skyline, some wafting over significant landmarks such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Huangshan Mountains, eventually stopping at the Birds Nest stadium. Fired in succession it appeared as if a giant was walking across the sky. They travelled over fifteen kilometres during a time span of 63 seconds.

Cai Guo-Qiang
Installation Art, Conceptual Art, Earth Art, Performance Art, Postmodernism
Born: 8 December 1957, Quanzhou, Fujian, China
Nationality: Chinese

Cai is an artist; born in China he currently lives and works in New York City and New Jersey. Cai forged his way into international art stardom as one of the first Chinese artists to expose contemporary dialogues in Chinese art to the world. With the ground-breaking mediums of gunpowder and fireworks and spectacle into the art-marking process, his work is well-known for its ability to leverage fear and tension toward a common consideration of the beauty in destruction. His unique artistic language, in which art becomes a reckless action, has given him the role as one of our most innovative modern artists

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