Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back To Earth

On the weekend I went to GoMA to see the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition, ‘Falling Back to Earth’. It is Cai’s first Australian solo exhibition and consists of four installations: Heritage, Head On, Eucalyptus, and Tea Pavilion. The two stand out works for me were Heritage and Head OnHeritage is like a united nations of animals and consists of 99 animal replicas gathered around a single waterhole. I made sure to get there early to avoid crowds so the overall viewing experience was one that was quite serene. Head On is markedly different and features 99 replica wolves hurling themselves into the air and into a glass wall – a statement on the implications of blindly following ideology. I’m consistently amazed by the exhibitions that GoMA puts together – um Warhol, Matisse, and Yayoi Kusama (before she took over the world via Louis Vuitton) to name a few – and ‘Falling back to Earth’ is another one to add to their lengthening list of hits. The exhibition runs until May 2014 so there’s plenty of time to plan a visit or three. 


Images taken on an iPhone 4 and edited using the VSCO Cam app (F2 filter).


  1. Hannah December 18, 2013

    Wow, what a fabulous installation, I'm sure it was epic to see it all in real life!
    Lovely photographs!

  2. jamie-lee December 19, 2013

    I saw a peek of the exhibition on your gram and have to say it looks incredible, not to mention the profound ideas behind the installations. Fingers crossed it makes it to NZ!

    • soph // and other things December 19, 2013

      When you're there viewing it, I think the magnitude and detail of the work is what strikes you most. Just thinking about the effort that would have gone into it. And then later when you read about each piece you're like "ohh I get it now". Unless you'r a kid of course and you're just like "look at the animals!" hahaha. Works on all levels ­čśë

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  4. she. December 30, 2013

    Wow, just amazing.


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