June 15 was a peculiar day for the residents of Quanzhou, China, and this video proves our point.
A burning stairway to heaven? One might think God and the Devil are pulling some weird prank on humanity ...
But it's neither God nor the Devil. It's the Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang.
Back in June, Guo-Qiang managed to bring to life his long-time project titled "Sky Ladder," which lit up the sky above his hometown in Quanzhou. The pyrotechnic wonder was meant as a gift for Cai's 100-year-old grandmother and his family.
For two and a half minutes, the sky was illuminated by a 1,650-foot-long ladder hovering above city's harbor.
The idea for "Sky Ladder" was born after visiting Jerusalem and meeting a local rabbi that told Guo-Qiang a story about how people want to be buried in the city's valley:
"Every evening, the tombs of the sages are lit one by one, and the lights illuminate the path in the valley. Before the Apocalypse, God will come to redeem mankind. Then a ladder will rise from the top of the hill, piercing through the clouds. Those buried here will be the first to climb up the ladder to heaven."