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Cai Guo-Qiang - Hangzhou's West Lake Made From Gunpowder

Cai Guo-Qiang blows up an arsenal for art, literally and ingeniously recreating with explosives

Cai Guo-Qiang blows up an arsenal for art, literally and ingeniously recreating with explosives Hangzhou’s picturesque 360-degree West Lake scenery on 2,000 square meters of gunpowder-printed silk cloth. Cai’s innovative gunpowder “painting” technique no doubt uses more powder than paint, and requires more spatial clearance than painting traditionally. This fairly large production of the West Lake scene has observed the artist himself meticulously arranging blast points on a 2,000-square-meter silk cloth spread atop a floating platform in the middle of the West Lake. The exhibition “Cai Guo-Qiang: Spring” showcases more works from the contemporary artist’s effusive collection and runs from April 21 to June 3 at Hangzhou’s Zhejiang Art Museum in China.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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