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Origin: China/New York
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Light City is pleased to feature the interactive artwork Fireflies by world renowned artist Cai Guo-Qiang as a special addition to this year's BGE Light Art Walk. Fireflies was curated by Lance Fung of Fung Collaboratives for Light City.
Fireflies is comprised of 27 illuminated kinetic sculptures. Over 900 handmade lanterns are attached to the top of 27 working pedicabs which may be used as transportation by festivalgoers. Each lantern is handcrafted in Cai Guo-Qiang’s hometown of Quanzhou, China, drawing on memories of the traditional lantern festivals of the artist's childhood.
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Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China, and lives and works in New York. Cai Guo-Qiang's practice spans a range of media from drawing and painting to installation, video, and performance art. Cai has received prestigious awards such as the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale, the U.S. Department of State’s Medal of Arts, and the Praemium Imperiale. His many solo exhibitions and projects include Cai Guo-Qiang on the Roof: Transparent Monument at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2006 and his retrospective I Want to Believe at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2008. In 2017 Cai Guo-Qiang: October at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow and The Spirit of Painting at the Prado at Museo del Prado, Madrid were realized. Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies was commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA) with Fung Collaboratives and was first presented in Philadelphia in 2017. The project was curated by Lance M. Fung. Major support was received from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Image Credit: Jeff Fusco Photography, courtesy Association for Public Art