Ignition #2 Cai Guo-Qiang's Desire for Zero Gravity

This was Cai's second piece to be ignited during my week long stay in Los Angeles. The stencils for this piece took many, many hours to prepare and what a treat it was to watch him "paint" with gunpowder and then light it all up. He added children's firecrackers to the mix which added a fun and playful element. Cai mentioned to us that it is more important to know how to put out the fire than to create it. This came after his own childhood follies where he would often light fireworks and then struggle to put them out. His grandmother suggested it was time to figure out a way to exert control and caution with stamping out fire and not just put care and attention into the ignition. A balance he clearly understands after more than 30 years.