Fireworks were the highlight of the opening of the Beijing Olympics. More creative than the usual saturns and smiley faces of our July 4 pyrotechnics, the Beijing bursts were the work of superstar artist Cai Guo Qiang, whose installation “Wako: Japanese Pirates in the Middle Ages” is on view right now in Shu: Reinventing the Book in Contemporary Chinese Art at the Academy. You have just two more weeks to check it out! The drumming part of the opening ceremony brought to mind a few of the works in Shu as well. Honolulu won’t see contemporary art of this magnitude again for a while.

Read Wired magazine’s article on Cai Guo-Qiang and his big Olympic bang.