A fiery, 80-second art installation from earlier in the summer that appears to show a towering ladder made of fireworks is going viral.
The stunning installation, by artist Cai Guoqiang, took place in June in Quanzhou City in China’s southeast Fujian Province. It was carried out using a large weather balloon pulling on a 500-meter long wire ladder studded with fireworks and gunpowder, according to Yahoo News.
It was Guoqiang’s third attempt at creating Sky Ladder. In 1994, the artist attempted a similar show, but strong winds hindered the balloon from taking off. He tried again in 2001, when Shanghai hosted the APEC summit, but restricted aerial access due to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks meant that Guoquiang’s dream installation was again put on hold.
Sky Ladder, referred to by some as a “stairway to heaven,” was dedicated to the artist’s grandmother, who just celebrated her 100th birthday.
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