Plumes of colorful smoke could be seen rising from Shanghai’s Huangpu River yesterday afternoon after artist Cai Guoqiang lit off fireworks to celebrate the opening of his solo exhibition at the Power Station of Art.
The massive columns of green and white smoke were initially confused for a huge pollution updraft when a Weibo user posted images of the spectacle online.
Rumors of threats to environment and public safety were quelled following a quick and concise CCTV News report on the determined cause of the smoke, although the concern raised over the matter seems to have served to the artist’s intent.
The massive daytime fireworks show will be performed throughout August as part of Cai’s “The Ninth Wave” exhibition, opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai. The show is an attempt to evaluate the country’s environmental and ecological crisis.
Yesterday was the first day of the exhibition and it will run until October 8th.
Last month, the artist drew attention to the polluted Huangpu River water in a floating installation involving stuffed animals and a fishing boat.
By Max Pozel
[Images via Weibo // Shanghai Daily]