Falling back to earth with Cai Guo-Qiang

The solo exhibition, entitled “Falling Back to Earth’, at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia, by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang is truly remarkable.

The name of the exhibition, which features a series of large-scale installations was derived from the poem, ‘Ah, homeward bound I go!’, by the fourth century poet, Tao Yuanming.

‘The text captures the concept behind the exhibition, and expresses the idea of going home, returning to the harmonious relationship between man and nature, and re-embracing the tranquillity in the landscape,’ says Cai.

Heritage, the first of the installations features 99 scale models of animals from different regions in the world, drinking from a clear blue lake.

Eucalyptus, is a 31-metre tree which the artist has suspended along GOMA’s central Long Gallery. The tree came from a plantation earmarked for clearing for urban community development.


Head On, probably my favorite piece in the exhibit features 99 life size sculptures of wolves in motion. It’s almost like a time lapse image of a pack of wolves leaping into the air in attack mode, and being stopped by a glass barrier. It’s absolutely mind-blowing.




To see more of Cai Guo-Qiang’s incredible work, and it truly is incredible, visit caiguoqiang.com or visit his blog caiguoqiang.wordpress.com

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