Exploding Christmas tree as art on the National Mall

Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang brought an exploding Christmas tree to Washington, DC’s National Mall as part of a State Department arts program.  (I’m kind of surprised they had the courage to do this, controversy-wise.)

Atlantic Cities walks us through the show:

A 40 feet tall pine tree will be suspended with 2,000 purpose-built black smoke air burst fireworks. Upon ignition, black smoke puffs will ‘light up’ simultaneously from all points in the tree, as though they are twinkling Christmas lights at a tree-lighting ceremony, followed by a cascade of black ink-like smoke that mimics the flowing beauty of traditional Chinese brush drawings. The black tree-shaped cloud of smoke drifting through the air will create a spectral scene of two trees, one real and one ethereal.

The video is fun.  Still, I suspect they’re gonna get letters.

My favorite part is the countdown:

“10, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4p_mD4TkYs]

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