Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave

Elegy, chapter one of Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, 5:00 p.m., approximately 8 minutes Photo by Zhang Feiyu, courtesy Cai Studio

Elegy, chapter one of Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, 5:00 p.m., approximately 8 minutes
Photo by Zhang Feiyu, courtesy Cai Studio

On August 8, the opening day of the exhibition, Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave took place at 5 pm on the Huangpu River by the museum. The work was the first public large‐scale daytime ‘explosion event’ the artist realized in Mainland China. Conceived in three chapters—Elegy, Remembrance and Consolation—the ceremonial ‘explosion event’ projects an image of nature in decline.

Elegy, chapter one of Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, 5:00 p.m., approximately 8 minutes.  Photo by JJY Photo, courtesy Cai Studio

Elegy, chapter one of Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, 5:00 p.m., approximately 8 minutes
Photo by JJY Photo, courtesy Cai Studio

The first part, Elegy, opened with dramatic black and white smoke mines and cascade effects. Reminiscent of a funerary parade, black smoke “crows” with flapping wings represent the joys and sorrows in life. The scene then ended with green smoke, or “grass and weeds,” resembling an exhale, or a mournful sigh.

Remembrance, chapter two of Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, 5:00 p.m., approximately 8 minutes.  Photo by JJY Photo, courtesy Cai Studio

Remembrance, chapter two of Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, 5:00 p.m., approximately 8 minutes.
Photo by JJY Photo, courtesy Cai Studio

In Remembrance, colored smoke effects splashed across the sky, as though nostalgically recalling past events and friendships throughout the years.

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Consolation, chapter three of Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, 5:00 p.m., approximately 8 minutes Photo by Zhang Feiyu, courtesy Cai Studio

Consolation brought warmth to the living; short, powerful spurts of aerials shells formed colored and white chrysanthemums in the sky, gaining speed for the finale. Yellow willows filled the horizon slowly, drawing the explosion event to a close.

In line with the theme of the exhibition, environmentally safe daytime colored smoke pyrotechnic products are used for the artwork; food coloring, food-grade powders, fabric dyes and other nontoxic materials are used as main ingredients.

Remembrance, chapter two of Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, 5:00 p.m., approximately 8 minutes.  Photo by JJY Photo, courtesy Cai Studio

Remembrance, chapter two of Elegy: Explosion Event for the Opening of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave, realized on the riverfront of the Power Station of Art, 5:00 p.m., approximately 8 minutes
Photo by JJY Photo, courtesy Cai Studio

Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave opened at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai on August 8, and will be open through October 26. 

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