But in the case of the fireworks performance of the artist Cai Guo Qiang... they really were smoke flowers. Eight minutes of colored smoke (environmentally safe food coloring) on the themes of "elegy, remembrance & consolation" that gave me that feeling one sometimes feels so powerfully, of being privileged to be right here, right now, at this very moment in time.
|Click here for the artist's video of the full performance ('cause it's really not the same without the pao!), here to experience Cai Guo Qiang's artistic power & charisma, and here for Peasant da Vincis, |
an early project of Cai's in Shanghai, that I also truly loved.