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NEW YORK (Web Desk) – A Chinese artist has found a unique way to express his love to his grandmother: a gigantic staircase in the air.


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Pic shows: The firework display fullfiled by a Chinese artist in the shape of a ladder that extends up into the sky. A well-known Chinese artist and pyrotechnic enthusiast this week fulfilled his decades-old dream of creating a firework display in the shape of a ladder that extends up into the sky. Cai Guoqiang, a native Quanzhou City of south-east China’s Fujian Province, put on display the art piece known as the "Sky Ladder" in his Chinese hometown. Having grown up as a child in the coastal city just across the Straits from Taiwan, Cai became accustomed to hearing explosions as Mainland artillery batteries traded fire with Nationalist batteries on the other side. It left him with a fascination of explosions and although his latest project lasted only 80 seconds it took weeks of hard work to realise and years of planning. The 57-year-old’s "Sky Ladder" is a 500 metre-high structure made from wires laced with fireworks, which was hoisted into the sky by a large weather balloon. Guoqiang’s team of hundreds of experts spent countless hours planning the project, but for the artist himself, "Sky Ladder" has been a 21-year-long dream. Guoqiang’s first attempt at his "Sky Ladder" came in 1994, when he launched a similar balloon into the sky. However, strong winds twice felled his balloon, causing him to ultimately suspend the project. When Shanghai hosted the APEC summit in 2001, Guoqiang planned to launch the "Sky Ladder" once more, but his plans fell through once more after the events of September 11 restricted access to the skies. This week, Guoqiang dedicated the successful launch of his "Sky Ladder" fireworks to his grandmother, a very important individual in his life who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Guoqiang says his grandmother was and always will be the first collector of his art, constantly keeping his drawings since the age of two. (ends)

These stunning photographs show the 1,650ft ladder, made with fireworks, stretch right up into the sky in Quanzhou, south-eastern China.

Pic shows: The firework display fullfiled by a Chinese artist in the shape of a ladder that extends up into the sky. A well-known Chinese artist and pyrotechnic enthusiast this week fulfilled his decades-old dream of creating a firework display in the shape of a ladder that extends up into the sky. Cai Guoqiang, a native Quanzhou City of south-east China’s Fujian Province, put on display the art piece known as the "Sky Ladder" in his Chinese hometown. Having grown up as a child in the coastal city just across the Straits from Taiwan, Cai became accustomed to hearing explosions as Mainland artillery batteries traded fire with Nationalist batteries on the other side. It left him with a fascination of explosions and although his latest project lasted only 80 seconds it took weeks of hard work to realise and years of planning. The 57-year-old’s "Sky Ladder" is a 500 metre-high structure made from wires laced with fireworks, which was hoisted into the sky by a large weather balloon. Guoqiang’s team of hundreds of experts spent countless hours planning the project, but for the artist himself, "Sky Ladder" has been a 21-year-long dream. Guoqiang’s first attempt at his "Sky Ladder" came in 1994, when he launched a similar balloon into the sky. However, strong winds twice felled his balloon, causing him to ultimately suspend the project. When Shanghai hosted the APEC summit in 2001, Guoqiang planned to launch the "Sky Ladder" once more, but his plans fell through once more after the events of September 11 restricted access to the skies. This week, Guoqiang dedicated the successful launch of his "Sky Ladder" fireworks to his grandmother, a very important individual in his life who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Guoqiang says his grandmother was and always will be the first collector of his art, constantly keeping his drawings since the age of two. (ends)

This is the work of Cai Guoqiang, an artist who is originally from the city and now based in New York, reported the People’s Daily Online.

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The ladder, which was made of metal wire and aluminum, was filled with gunpowder and attached to the bottom of a hot air balloon.

Pic shows: The firework display fullfiled by a Chinese artist in the shape of a ladder that extends up into the sky. A well-known Chinese artist and pyrotechnic enthusiast this week fulfilled his decades-old dream of creating a firework display in the shape of a ladder that extends up into the sky. Cai Guoqiang, a native Quanzhou City of south-east China’s Fujian Province, put on display the art piece known as the "Sky Ladder" in his Chinese hometown. Having grown up as a child in the coastal city just across the Straits from Taiwan, Cai became accustomed to hearing explosions as Mainland artillery batteries traded fire with Nationalist batteries on the other side. It left him with a fascination of explosions and although his latest project lasted only 80 seconds it took weeks of hard work to realise and years of planning. The 57-year-old’s "Sky Ladder" is a 500 metre-high structure made from wires laced with fireworks, which was hoisted into the sky by a large weather balloon. Guoqiang’s team of hundreds of experts spent countless hours planning the project, but for the artist himself, "Sky Ladder" has been a 21-year-long dream. Guoqiang’s first attempt at his "Sky Ladder" came in 1994, when he launched a similar balloon into the sky. However, strong winds twice felled his balloon, causing him to ultimately suspend the project. When Shanghai hosted the APEC summit in 2001, Guoqiang planned to launch the "Sky Ladder" once more, but his plans fell through once more after the events of September 11 restricted access to the skies. This week, Guoqiang dedicated the successful launch of his "Sky Ladder" fireworks to his grandmother, a very important individual in his life who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Guoqiang says his grandmother was and always will be the first collector of his art, constantly keeping his drawings since the age of two. (ends)

The balloon, which was made with special material, was launched from a boat off the shore of nearby Huiyu Island.

Pic shows: The firework display fullfiled by a Chinese artist in the shape of a ladder that extends up into the sky. A well-known Chinese artist and pyrotechnic enthusiast this week fulfilled his decades-old dream of creating a firework display in the shape of a ladder that extends up into the sky. Cai Guoqiang, a native Quanzhou City of south-east China’s Fujian Province, put on display the art piece known as the "Sky Ladder" in his Chinese hometown. Having grown up as a child in the coastal city just across the Straits from Taiwan, Cai became accustomed to hearing explosions as Mainland artillery batteries traded fire with Nationalist batteries on the other side. It left him with a fascination of explosions and although his latest project lasted only 80 seconds it took weeks of hard work to realise and years of planning. The 57-year-old’s "Sky Ladder" is a 500 metre-high structure made from wires laced with fireworks, which was hoisted into the sky by a large weather balloon. Guoqiang’s team of hundreds of experts spent countless hours planning the project, but for the artist himself, "Sky Ladder" has been a 21-year-long dream. Guoqiang’s first attempt at his "Sky Ladder" came in 1994, when he launched a similar balloon into the sky. However, strong winds twice felled his balloon, causing him to ultimately suspend the project. When Shanghai hosted the APEC summit in 2001, Guoqiang planned to launch the "Sky Ladder" once more, but his plans fell through once more after the events of September 11 restricted access to the skies. This week, Guoqiang dedicated the successful launch of his "Sky Ladder" fireworks to his grandmother, a very important individual in his life who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Guoqiang says his grandmother was and always will be the first collector of his art, constantly keeping his drawings since the age of two. (ends)

Called the ‘Sky Ladder’, the project started off as a dream for Mr Cai 21 years ago when he was visiting Bath, England.

Pic shows: The firework display fullfiled by a Chinese artist in the shape of a ladder that extends up into the sky. A well-known Chinese artist and pyrotechnic enthusiast this week fulfilled his decades-old dream of creating a firework display in the shape of a ladder that extends up into the sky. Cai Guoqiang, a native Quanzhou City of south-east China’s Fujian Province, put on display the art piece known as the "Sky Ladder" in his Chinese hometown. Having grown up as a child in the coastal city just across the Straits from Taiwan, Cai became accustomed to hearing explosions as Mainland artillery batteries traded fire with Nationalist batteries on the other side. It left him with a fascination of explosions and although his latest project lasted only 80 seconds it took weeks of hard work to realise and years of planning. The 57-year-old’s "Sky Ladder" is a 500 metre-high structure made from wires laced with fireworks, which was hoisted into the sky by a large weather balloon. Guoqiang’s team of hundreds of experts spent countless hours planning the project, but for the artist himself, "Sky Ladder" has been a 21-year-long dream. Guoqiang’s first attempt at his "Sky Ladder" came in 1994, when he launched a similar balloon into the sky. However, strong winds twice felled his balloon, causing him to ultimately suspend the project. When Shanghai hosted the APEC summit in 2001, Guoqiang planned to launch the "Sky Ladder" once more, but his plans fell through once more after the events of September 11 restricted access to the skies. This week, Guoqiang dedicated the successful launch of his "Sky Ladder" fireworks to his grandmother, a very important individual in his life who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Guoqiang says his grandmother was and always will be the first collector of his art, constantly keeping his drawings since the age of two. (ends)

He designed the performance by drawing a draft of the design on the window of an art gallery.

He said he wanted to put on a spectacular fireworks show to thank his grandmother for supporting his dream of being an artist.

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“My grandma was born in a small fishing village in Quanzhou and sold fish to help her grandson realise his artistic dream,” the artist revealed.

As China’s most prominent fireworks artist, Mr Cai has created spectacles for a series of international events in the country, including the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics in 2008.

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He’s also well-known for using gunpowder to produce paintings.

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In 2013, he created a massive 80ft long painting of his hometown Quanzhou with the impact of gunpowder explosions, which was later auctioned by Christie’s for £1.6 million.

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