My newest art discovery is the work of Cai Guo-Quiang. He's a pretty well established already but somehow I'd missed hearing about him until now.
I was particularly struck by his comments on his early career when he was doing quite conventional paintings and feeling overly influenced by his father, a traditional calligrapher. He grew up in the city which is the centre of the Chinewe fireworks industry and at some point had the inspiration to use gunpowder in his art. As he said "gunpowder set me free"! Sadly for me, how that inspiration came about was not recorded, so the rest of us will have to find our own way to whatever could correspondingly set us free...
As a big fan of fireworks the pyrotechnic side of his work has an obvious draw for me, using gunpowder in controlled explosions directly onto the canvas:
But also working with people in the fireworks industry to make them more ecologically sound and do new things:
And on a huge scale, this ladder is 500m high! Designed to connect the earth with outer space