At the third attempt and with over 21 years of trying, a small and picturesque fishing village in the Chinese city of Quanzhou saw artist Cai Guo-Qiang create a stunning and illuminating piece of firework art 500 metres in the air, entitled Sky Ladder. Sky Ladder, performed in Guo-Qiang’s hometown, was offered as a gift for the artist’s 100-year old grandmother, his parents, family, and the town itself.

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The artist said:

“Behind Sky Ladder lies a clear childhood dream of mine. 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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