"Inopportune: Stage One" (2004)

"Inopportune: Stage One," 2004
Cars, sequenced mulit-channel light tubes, dimensions variable
Installation view: MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts
Collection of the Artist
Photo by Kevin Kennefick
Courtesy Cai Guo-Qiang

"Ever since September 11th, the idea of terrorism is always on our minds. It’s ever so present. And while car explosions have been around for a long time, they have a heightened sense of reality in our minds. ‘Inopportune’ obviously has a direct reference to these conditions that we live in now. But making an installation that is so beautiful and mesmerizing that also borrows the image of the car bomb already has inappropriateness in it...So maybe in this way it’s kind of unfashionable or inappropriate, or ‘inopportune.’"

- Cai Guo-Qiang