4 December 2017

A performance by Cai Guo-Qiang

After a solemn recital of 75 gongs of the Rockefeller Chapel carillon, renowned artist Cai Guo-Qiang performed a multicolored, large-scale pyrotechnic artwork, opening a poetic portal to the moment 75 years ago when Enrico Fermi ushered in the Atomic Age by achieving the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Cai was awarded the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999 and the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2007.

Video credit: University of Chicago