(Washington Post) The yule log isn’t the only thing that will be blazing for the holidays this season. To celebrate the Sackler Gallery’s 25th anniversary, Cai Guo-Qiang, the Chinese artist famous for his Olympic pyrotechnics display and his gunpowder art, plans to ignite a daytime fireworks show on the Mall that riffs on the Christmas tree lightings taking place around the country.

At 3 p.m. Friday in front of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, visitors will be able to see “Explosion Event,” a sparkling display of light and smoke, as the artist sets off 2,000 custom-made fireworks attached to a 40-foot pine tree. If all goes according to plan, his smoke air-burst fireworks will take the shape of an ethereal tree, which will gently drift away in the wind as it keeps its form.

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