He Sent A Ladder Of Blazing Fire Into The Sky, And It’s Taller Than The Empire State Building.
File this under things you have probably never seen before: A massive white balloon filled with helium, a 500 meter ladder, and a fire artist who knew how to ignite the entire thing.
It happened above the Huiyu Island Harbour in Quanzhou, China, and it was created by Cai Guo-Qiang, who is known throughout the country for his amazing pyrotechnic artwork.
This is his latest fiery installation, and the results were truly spectacular. See photos and a video from "Tilted Sky Ladder" below.
The balloon that carried the ladder upwards was filled with 6,200 cubic meters of helium.
Here is the artist prepping his work, before the entire thing was engulfed in flames.
The ladder had tons of burning fuses and gold fireworks attached to it.
When ignited, it went up in flames like nothing you've ever seen before.
Here's what the artist had to say: "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."
There's no official video from the event, but you can see some cell phone footage of this amazing work of art below.
Source: This is Colossal