"Inopportune: Stage Two," detail (2004)

"Inopportune: Stage Two," detail 2004
Tigers: paper mache, plaster, fiberglass, resin, painted hide; arrows: brass, bamboo, feathers; stage prop: styrofoam, wood, canvas, acrylic paint; dmensions variable
Installation view: MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Collection of the Artist
Courtesy Cai Guo-Qiang

"There’s a lot of talk about the content of my work, about the subject matter or the historical background. But there’s not a real in-depth investigation into the visual impact. It’s through visual impact that you transmit these ideas. And it’s through visual impact that this pain is felt, and you can actually elicit a very direct response from the audience, a very strong response. But it’s the treatment of all the elements that has the power to do this."

- Cai Guo-Qiang