Sky Ladder Documentary Reflection

The documentary “Sky Ladder” tells us the story behind the scenes of a famous Chinese artist Cai Guo Qiang. Cai Guo Qiang experiments with explosives to form artwork that can be displayed in the sky. Cai Guo Qiang’s grandmother is at a very old age and is unable to travel, but Cai Guo Qiang creates the project “Sky Ladder”. After several trials, he eventually achieves his goal of creating a kilometer long ladder made up of consecutive fireworks.


After I watched this documentary, I realized that art can be expressed not only on a piece of paper and a canvas but can also be expressed using many different ways such as explosives. I also learnt the hard work the artists put behind their work


The issue brought up in the documentary was the environmental harm that the explosives caused, I strongly agree with this issue, but Cai Guo Qiang is currently working with colored powder so it would create the same effect but doesn’t affect the environment negatively.


An important takeaway from this documentary is that in the future, I can learn to experiment with other unique materials instead of using just the traditional materials we normally use.


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