Sky Ladder by Cai Guo-Qiang
SKY LADDER is a new documentary on Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang directed by Kevin McDonald, a Scottish filmmaker. The film premiered on Netflix recently and looks at the dynamic practice of Qiang and his rise to the art world success, told from friends, family and himself. Qiang is best known for his explosive performance and works, in which he uses gunpowder and fireworks to paint the sky with smoke and flame.
The film itself is named after one such work – perhaps his most ambitious to date (see above). SKY LADDER is a 1,650 foot “ladder of fire” Qiang produced above his hometown.