Watch as a giant painting explodes inside the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Sparks, blaze, smoke. But first, see Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang and local volunteers prime the canvas by seeding it with gunpowder, poured through stencils cut as elements from classical paintings and the crashing Hindenburg zeppelin. Wait for it. If you can’t, skip to 7:00.
Just a few days ago, 40,000 rockets were set off outside the MoCA’s Geffen Contemporary for Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder exhibit. Due to the intense choreography of Cai Guo-Qiang’s explosive works, the blasts take place in short succession. It almost sounds like artillery. Is it ironic to set off the sounds of bombs at the same spot that Blu’s allegedly anti-war mural was censored in 2010, due to the proximity of a veterans’ center? That might be a bit of a stretch. Perhaps.
Some more boom then — just the money shots — enjoy the creative destruction: