In his arresting "Heritage" installation, Cai Guo-Qiang explores humanity’s place in the universe and our responsibilities on Earth. He captures the visceral traces of violence against nature, inviting us to search for a way to break the cycle of human history. As we struggle with the burdens of these revelations, we find hope in human ingenuity and our shared heritage of great leaps forward. We see the vast power of our species, both in its ability to destroy the environment through exploitation and its potential to elevate life on Earth with creativity and invention.


  • Title: Heritage
  • Creator: Cai Guo-Qiang
  • Date Created: 2013
  • Physical Dimensions: Dimensions variable
  • Rights: Installation view at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2013, © 2013, courtesy of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation and the artist. Commissioned with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through and with the assistance of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Collection, Brisbane. Photo: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA. Courtesy: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
  • Medium: 99 life-sized replicas of animals (carved from polystyrene and covered in goat hide), water, sand, drip mechanism

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