16 November 2009

One Second Fireworks

WATCH: ONE SECOND FIREWORKS IN JARDIN DES TUILERIES, PARIS

Fireworks are like watching cash go up in flames; they are expensive, dangerous, yet popular entertainment. Every New Years Eve, cities across the globe vie for pyrotechnic supremacy; essentially, it's a burning offering to their citizens, paid by taxpayer dollars. Giraud and Siboni, the young contemporary artists behind the spectacle probably got a massive kick out of staging this right on the doorstep of the Louvre. Whether you take it as a comment on shortening attention spans, our fleeting lives or premature ejaculation, they're ok with that.

The question perhaps is, what would it look like if you got a gazillion tonnes of fireworks and set them off simultaneously? Have you ever wanted to do something irrational? Like throw a cup of hot tea at someone just to see their reaction? Or bite a stranger standing too close to you on the train? They are crazy motherfuckers Frenchmen and they make some big art.

photo: Clare Plueckhahn