Challenge: Art With a Bang!

According to Newsweek, “more than 2,000 years ago, around 200 B.C., people in China threw bamboo into fires, which would make the hollow rods explode when air trapped in pockets inside would burst after being heated.”

That bursting bamboo was the accidental invention of firecrackers. That is a drastic change compared to what we know as fireworks.

On America’s first Fourth of July celebration in 1777, fireworks were a boring, one color show: orange. There were no elaborate sparkles, no red, white, and blue stars — nothing more than a few glorified explosions in the sky, according to the Smithsonian.

Yesterday, roughly 16,000 fireworks displays were set off. 

If you can get past the sounds of fireworks, they really are beautiful to watch. The shows are an experience, an art form, if you will.

With it being challenge day, we figured we wanted to stick with what was relevant right now.

So, send us your firework art! 

Her Blaze artist Fredrik Magnusson captured my favorite ‘at home’ firework in his photograph. It doesn’t hurt that the sparkler’s side-kick was that amazing ice cream sundae.

What do you think, do beer, ice cream and sparklers go together?

Some people believed early fireworks were used to ward off evil spirits. Most people would agree this combination might do the same. 

It was Banana Yoshimoto who said “what was important wasn’t the fireworks, it was that we were together this evening, together in this place, looking up into the sky at the same time.”


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So, for this challenge, it isn’t necessarily the fireworks that make it special, it is the fact that we are appreciating and sharing art together. 

Another aspect of fireworks art that might be fun, is to tie together the infamous Nathan’s hotdog eating contest into it.

I mean, why not encompass two American past-times at the same time. It would certainly be a great way to combine two very different things all in the name of art. 

Fireworks are everywhere you look today. Just check out this great video Her Blaze posted.

Art provided by a creative and unique artist Artefìcio. This might not be what you assume when someone mentions fireworks, but I’d say it fits this week’s challenge well!   

So, photography, painting or even digital art like that of Shoshannah really capture the uniqueness of using fireworks in art. There is clearly no wrong way to create fireworks art.

In fact, if you decide to participate in this challenge, you will be showcasing over 2000 years of danger and beauty in one beautiful art piece.

And we can’t wait to share it with our entire Her Blaze family! 


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