Exploding 40,000 Rockets at Once Is as Loud and Wonderful as You'd Think It Would Be

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Artist Cai Guo-Qiang must have been one of those kids that loved to play with matches. And after surviving what we assume was a dangerous childhood, he has since embraced fire and explosions as an artform. Including this latest 'performance' involving 40,000 small rockets blasting off a wall.

We've covered Guo-Qiang's work before, including his daytime fireworks and gunpowder paintings. But this stunt, which took place at the at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in LA, has more of a traditional fireworks show feel to it. Except that it's over in mere seconds, and happens at ground level in a parking lot. No one ever said that art was supposed to be safe. [YouTube via MyModernMet]