Getting good photos or video of fireworks usually requires special techniques because motion blur and lighting conditions fight against camera sensors. So, why not circumvent that issue entirely by using some daytime fireworks? Admittedly, that's probably not what Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang had in mind when he put on his explosion event at the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar but the results are mighty impressive nonetheless.
You've never seen fireworks like this before
Cai Guo-Qiang created this display by using microchip-controlled explosives, all calculated to create different patterns, colored smoke, and sounds on both the ground and sky. The display was so huge that just the launching mortars for the ceremony took up a 400-meter footprint. According to the artist, the presentation is meant to "confront matters of life and death, spiritual homecomings, potential transformations of symbols and the relationship between different cultures." Whether you think the display was successful or not, it's still one heck of a video to watch.
Precise shapes are made possible by computer-controlled explosions
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