"Borrowing Your Enemy's Arrows" (1998)

"Borrowing Your Enemy’s Arrows," 1998
Wooden boat, 3000 arrows, electric fan, Chinese flag; boat: approximately 60 x 283 x 90 inches; arrows: 24 inches, each
Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York
Photo by Hiro Ihara
Courtesy Cai Guo-Qiang

"’Borrowing Your Enemy’s Arrows’ uses three thousand arrows on a boat that’s hanging. I’ve used the image of the arrow quite a lot. And I also like to hang things up. Perhaps it’s the physical response one has with an object that’s been pierced through- and then also to the change of gravity when you lift things off the ground."

- Cai Guo-Qiang