Cai Guo-Qiang: Man, Eagle and Eye in the Sky, 2004, relational art happening k..

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Man, Eagle and Eye in the Sky
Cai Guo-Qiang
Albion/Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art, Ltd.
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Notes: Very Good 12" x 10" softcover in stiff pictorial wraps featuring two Hiro Ihara photographs of kites in the sky and kites being painted on the sand to front and back covers, respectively, blue and white lettering on a yellow spine, some bumping to head and foot of spine, bumping to fore-edge tips front and back, light shelf rubbing, else clean, tightly bound, and unmarked throughout. 164 pp. replete with full-color photographs, video stills, proposal drawings, construction drawings, and images of Cai Guo-Qiang's gunpowder drawings on wood-panel-backed paper both wall-mounted and freestanding. Includes an introductory essay by Sharmini Pereira,a Letter to the Children of Siwa and an anecdotal stories, "Tatsumi and His Ball" and "Feng shui Master and Sheik", by Cai Guo-Qiang, an essay by Jennifer Ma about the gunpowder explosion event, an essay by James Putman about the role of myth in the project (significance of shapes of man, eagle, and eye throughout antiquity), and lists of kite-flyers, workers, supervisors, production team members, patrons, and funders. From the artist's statement: "Man, Eagle, and Eye in the Sky, 2003. Realized at Siwa Oasis, Egyptian Sahara desert. In collaboration with over 600 schoolchildren from 40 schools throughout the governate of Marsha Matruh, November 11–14, 2003. Silk and bamboo handmade kites and paint. Commissioned by Siwa Art Project, Egypt." This project is associated with Cai Guo-Qiang's "Projects for Extraterrestrials", which consisted of using large fireworks and extensive trails of blazing gunpowder that span across landscapes and building surfaces.