Cai Guo-Qiang Blows Up Pompeii

Cai Gao Qiang is an international artist who was born China who now lives in the USA where his art draws in influences from eastern philosophy and today’s social issues to create some of the most striking works in the art world.

Cai has always featured gunpowder in much of his art, so when the chance to work again with his favourite medium, the race was on.

In early Spring 2019, he visited the site of one of the biggest volcanic eruptions to ever take place in Europe; Pompeii.  The eruption, which is still detailed as one of the most catastrophic of all time, took place on 24th August in the year 79AD, spewing molten rock, clouds of stones, ash, and gases into the air, releasing thermal energy equivalent to 100,000 times that contained within the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Excavation of the site

The site of the art installation was the amphitheatre of Pompeii entitled ‘Explosion Studio’ and the event started out with small explosive bursts which filled the cold air of the amphitheatre with clouds of grey/pink smoke as the skies were once again alight but at least this time it was with gunpowder.

This piece is a part of Cai’s ‘An Individual’s Journey Through Western Art History’ features a 108-foot piece of canvas which is surrounded by towering reproduction statues of the Gods including Hercules and Venus.  He used explosives and multi-hued gunpowder which he then lit, leaving the area engulfed in ash and smoke.  The reason for choosing the amphitheatre is also to show the rich former history of the place, particularly in relation to the gladiatorial and venationes (animal hunts).

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TOP 5 LOUD FIREWORK CAKES

THE EPIC FIREWORKS TEAM TOP 5 LOUD FIREWORK CAKES (SINGLE IGNITION BARRAGES)

Loud fireworks are perhaps not to everyone’s taste but here at Epic we have a fair share of super loud bad boy cakes which are bound to get the heart pumping. Here are our TOP FIVE to check out and a little more information about each one.

BUNKER BUSTER – 100 SHOTS – DURATION – 75 SECONDS – NOISE 10/10 – £165.00

This is a remake of an Epic Fireworks classic which certainly packs a punch both in sound and visual effect.

In the initial salvo, blue ground glitter effects glisten before the green comet breaks into a huge brilliant yellow brocade effect followed by red pearls bursting into red peonies with strobing white stars intermingled. Next volley starts out with red comets shooting skywards before breaking into more peonies with a huge white palm centre with the red stars strobing. Then onto the fast firing multi shot finale to golden dragon effs with a crackling strobe finish.

Absolutely out of this world and at over a minute it would be great as a standalone barrage for a celebration, New Year’s Eve or as part of a bigger display. With 30mm tube bore size it has a maximum decibel count of 120 so definitely not one for the faint-hearted.

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PALMS AWAY – 40 SHOTS – DURATION – 35 SECONDS – NOISE 9/10 – £64.98

New to the Epic range in 2018, this became an instant hit both with pyro lovers and staff here at Epic.

This display quality barrage is simply stunning. A single effect cake which is really useful if you are creating your own display. Timed to perfection, each break fills the sky with massive gold and silver crackling palms and boasting 30mm tubes, it also peaks at 120 decibels and would be suitable once again for any display, large or small. Absolutely gorgeous.

PALMS AWAY 40 SHOT SINGLE IGNITION FIREWORK

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT – 50 SHOTS – DURATION – 25 SECONDS – NOISE 9/10 – £64.98

Another new addition to the Epic range inn 2018, this absolute beauty is one of the best-fanned cakes on the market. Fast firing as silver stars erupts in fanned formation which then breaks into spectacular multi coloured peonies. A sky filled with brilliance with loud reports will certainly fit the bill. Check out the video for full details and see for yourself the magnificence of this little cracker.

QUAKE – 19 SHOTS – DURATION – 28 SECONDS – NOISE 8/10 – £19.92

In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful cakes in our range. Once again, huge 30mm bore size means another 115-120 decibels of noise level. The richness of the blue colouring is most apart in this multi coloured multi effect cracker of a cake as this is the most difficult colour to achieve without loss of clarity and is a must in my opinion for any display.

The effects begin with multi coloured peonies and dragon eggs and has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Blues, greens, reds, and yellows fill the sky and is a great addition to the Epic range.

STING RAY – 19 SHOTS – DURATION – 29 SECONDS – NOISE 8/10 – £19.92

Righty ho, the last but by no means the least of our collection today, Stingray also was added to the range in 2018. Once again, loud and lush with a perfect combination of ground and aerial effects each comet leaves the ground leaving a thick glittering trail behind it in a spiral pattern and then upon reaching height breaking into a multitude of beautiful peonies, dragon eggs, and red-tipped brocades. Fast, furious and beautiful to boot – what more could you want.

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Each of the detailed products has a video attached so just click onto the hyperlink and see for yourself first-hand what to expect. This can help when you are planning a display too as some customers may require specific colour combinations. If you don’t see what you are looking for here, check out the whole of the range of SIBs (single ignition barrages) by clicking on the following link below. They are all detailed in price low to high and vary from £4.98 for the little Laser Cannon to the massive Sky On Fire at £199.98 which is like a display in a box.

Each item has the full specifications including timing, noise level etc and with 137 to choose from, you are certain to find something to meet your needs.

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EPIC FIREWORKS ‘THE BROCHURE 2019-20’

This year’s Epic Fireworks brochure has arrived with us and a couple of hundred or so customers have already requested a copy.

You can either download it:  https://epicfireworks.com/brochure/

Get one in the post by emailing your request including your full name, address and postcode to [email protected] or check out the products in our range online via our website epicfireworks.com

You can phone, email or contact us via Facebook and we will get one in the post.

The brochure shows all of our new packs for the 2019 – 2020 season and of course all the collection goodies you can get for coming along to see us in Tankersley.

Enjoy – eeeek, only 6 weeks to BFN 🙂

THE EPIC SEASON HAS STARTED FOLKS

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