Chinese artist’s 16,500 foot ‘fire ladder’ high in the sky stuns netizens; Asian giant emerges as innovation hub

While China is known for its growing military prowess and ongoing hostilities with neighboring countries, it has also managed to take the top spot in innovation.

In a video that went viral on social media, a Chinese artist created a 5,500-foot “stairway to heaven” in his hometown with fireworks as a tribute to his grandmother.

This stunning art was shot a few years ago and generated so much interest that cinema streaming site Netflix made a documentary about the masterpiece.

The trap art created by iconic artist Cai Guo Qiang, which was shot and posted a few years ago, has once again taken the internet by storm, with some users claiming it to be both stunning and terrifying.

Cai Guo Qiang is a contemporary Chinese artist who creates fireworks and gunpowder drawings that decorate the sky with colorful smoke and shimmering light. He is popularly known as the ‘explosive artist’.

Cai was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China, and currently lives and works in New York, United States.

His gunpowder drawings, in particular, clearly resemble Mao Zedong’s maxim “destroy nothing, create nothing”, which is the basis of most of his work. Cai himself claimed that Mao Zedong’s idealistic mood influenced all artists of our generation.

The “Sky Ladder” concept was originally Cai’s dream 21 years ago while visiting Bath, England. He created the fireworks art by sketching a preliminary version of the artwork on a gallery glass.

According to some reports, he wanted to display a large fireworks display to thank his grandmother for supporting his ambition to become an artist. The artist stated that his grandmother was born in a humble fishing village in Quanzhou and sold fish to help him realize his artistic goal.

As the most famous firework performer in China, Cai has produced shows for numerous international events held in the country, including the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He is also widely known for making paintings using gunpowder. In 2013, he used gunpowder detonations to create a giant 80-foot (25-meter) painting of his hometown of Quanzhou. Christie’s eventually sold the painting for £1.6 million.

Art is not the only realm the Chinese have conquered with their incredible level of innovation. Beijing’s scientists, academics and engineers have conquered the world far, leaving their nemesis in the west.

Sky Ladder is scheduled to stream on Netflix. Shown: Sky Ladder, June 2015. Photo: Courtesy of Cai Studio/Netflix ©

China publishes more articles than anyone else

According to a report released in 2022 by Japan’s Ministry of Science and Technology, China has overtaken the US as the world leader in both the amount of scientific research and “high impact” studies.

According to a report released Tuesday by Japan’s National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTP), the US, Germany and China publish the most scientific research papers each year. The estimates are derived from data collected by analytics company Clarivate and are based on annual averages between 2018 and 2020.

The Japanese NISTP analysis also found that 27.2% of the top 1% of most consulted articles worldwide were based on Chinese research. Academia often uses the number of citations a research publication receives.

The ‘citation impact’ of a study increases the more it is referenced in future articles by other researchers.

US research made up 24.9% of the top 1% of most cited research articles, with UK research in third place at 5.5%.

The analysis found that China produced an average of 407,181 scientific publications per year, surpassing the US’s 293,434 journal articles and accounting for 23.4% of global research output.

China contributed significantly to research in materials science, chemistry, engineering and mathematics, while the US produced more researchers in clinical medicine, basic life sciences and physics.

The survey also found that the US spends more than any other country on research and development, both in business and academia. Of the major countries, China has the largest number of researchers in industry and academia. The United States and China are on par with each other in the business sector and are showing rapid growth.”

“China is one of the top countries in the world in terms of the quantity and quality of scientific articles,” Shinichi Kuroki of the Japan Science and Technology Agency told Nikkei Asia. “To become the true world leader, it will have to continue to produce internationally recognized research,” he said.

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