Fallen Blossoms: Explosion Project is a site-specific explosion event conceived by Cai Guo-Qiang for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The gunpowder fuse, shaped like a blossoming flower, was ignited on December 11 at sunset.
Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China. Trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, his work has since crossed multiple mediums within art, including drawing, video and performance art. While living in Japan from 1986 to 1995, he explored the properties of gunpowder in his drawings, an inquiry that eventually led to his experimentation with explosives on a massive scale and to the development of his signature explosion events, exemplified in the series Projects for Extraterrestrials. Wildly poetic and ambitious at their core, these events aim to establish an exchange between viewers and the larger universe around them.