Forget the double-rainbow guy. Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang has a “transient rainbow” that will make you cream your pants.
Guo-Qiang once held a Guggenheim exhibition called I Want To Believe which featured tumbling cars falling down the center of the museum, a pack of flying wolves slamming into a glass wall, crumbling clay statues of communist peasants, and an entire shipwreck covered in broken porcelain Buddhas. But perhaps he’s best known for his amazing fireworks displays which also graced the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Christian Science Monitor dug up this video of Guo-Qiang’s “Transient Rainbow” display celebrating the Museum of Modern Art’s 2002 opening. To create the 300-foot seven-colored arch, Guo-Qiang fired one thousand shells in just 15 seconds with a computer timer over the East River, creating a beautiful rainbow arch mirrored by the water’s reflection.
It’s ah…… wait for it…… mazing.