"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"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