“What the viewer will see first is a kind of power, a spirit,
and the power is from within, not what you see”
Cai Guo-Qiang, explores and experiments with the effects that fireworks and explosives can have when tying them in with design. Having set the explosives to certain trajectories and angels he would be able to create a piece that follow his vision of something new, a piece that has layers and depth to it, not just your ordinary piece of design that just sits upon a page and doesn’t have a story behind it. A story is essential in Cai Guo-Qiang’s work, with the fireworks telling the tale of how he wants to captivate and move the audience in a way that will have them remembering him not only for his works, but for the way in which he underwent each task and element of design, unlike the ordinary fashion and trend of creating work, half the time through a mac. A problem which is faced today, with people struggling to think out of the box away from involving the screen in front of them, with Cai Guo-Qiang completely straying away from such a area, as shown in the video of him undertaking his work.
I will be following up this piece of Cai Guo-Qiang’s work, with a more in-depth view of his life and how he got to where he is today in his design career as well as a insight into what was actually going on around him in China at the time. Which seems to play a mass factor in most Chinese artists and designers work and life.