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ARTSEDGE: Art of the Explosion

If you missed the fireworks on the 4th of July this summer, this website from Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center is for you. Art of the Explosion is a record of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang's 2005 pyrotechnic work, The Tornado, that was created to launch Kennedy Center's Festival of China. On the site, visitors will find back-stage video, interviews, design sketches, animations, and other...

The new companion Web site to the PBS special Fireworks! (which premiered January 29, 2002) contains excellent information for anyone wanting to learn more about the science behind the controlled chaos of pyrotechnics. The interactive site features a section called Name That Shell, where you can view movies of fireworks and compare them to different varieties shown in photographs. Using a Flash...