- Cai Guoqiang used metal and gunpowder for the show in Quanzhou, China
- The ladder, which measured 18ft wide, was taken up using a hot air balloon
- Artist drew a draft of the show 21 years ago when he visited Bath, England
- It was a labour of love for Mr Cai’s elderly grandmother who raised him
- Same artist designed the spectacular fireworks to open Beijing Olympics
A Chinese artist has found a unique way to express his love to his grandmother: a gigantic staircase in the air.
These stunning photographs show the 1,650ft ladder, which was made with fireworks, stretch right up into the sky in Quanzhou, south-eastern China, on Monday.
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.
Sky Ladder: A Chinese artist has created this incredible burning ladder that stretches for 1,650ft into the sky
Lit up: The artwork, called ‘Sky Ladder’, is the artist’s way of thanking his grandmother who raised him
The ladder, which was made of metal wire and aluminum, was filled with gunpowder and attached to the bottom of a hot air balloon.
The balloon, which was made with special material, was launched from a boat off the shore of nearby Huiyu Island.
Called the ‘Sky Ladder’, the project started off as a dream for Mr Cai 21 years ago when he was visiting Bath, England. 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.
‘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. . . . .