Cooler Than VFX: Watch as Chinese Artist Creates a ‘Sky Ladder’ of Fireworks

Cooler than VFX: Sky Ladder made of fireworks by Chinese artist. 
Cooler than VFX: Sky Ladder made of fireworks by Chinese artist. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Fireworks can last a short amount of time, but they can stay in our memories for a lifetime. There have been many astounding firework displays, but the Sky Ladder, which was created by the Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang, is one of the most impressive and unforgettable that you will ever see! Cai Guoqiang, a Chinese contemporary artist, is currently living and working in New York City. In 2008, he was given the job as the Director of Visual and Special Effects for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

A fire ladder rose up in the sky at dawn. (Image:

A fire ladder rose up in the sky at dawn. (Image:

Cai has been unsuccessful multiple times while creating the Sky Ladder, but at 5 a.m. on June 15, 2015, Cai had finally realized his dream!

The ‘Sky Ladder’ lit up the sky over a small island in Fujian Province, China.

The Sky Ladder was 1650 feet long and 15 feet wide; it was built with long ropes that were coated with 5 tons of fireworks. The ladder was lifted up into the sky by a large helium balloon.

AMAZING SKY LADDER FIREWORK to Celebrate Cai Guoqiang grandmother’s 100th birthday:

The Sky Ladder, or The Stairway to Heaven, was Cai’s gift to his home town, and also as a birthday present to his 100-year-old grandmother. Cai’s grandmother was born in a traditional fishing village in Fujian Province. She is a strong woman who had supported her family through their hardest times. When Cai was young, he would dream that he could present the most awesome firework display to his grandmother. After 21 years, Cai had made his dream come true—Cai’s grandmother’s eyes were filled with tears as she saw the Sky Ladder light up.

Sadly, Cai’s grandmother passed away 10 days later after the display. A lot of emotions have been instilled in this artwork by the Chinese artist.

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