the bloom

The Bloom

Directed by
Jody Xiong
3 minutes

For the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Paralympic held at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Chinese artist Jody Xiong was invited by Chief Director Zhang Yimou to create a technologically-powered art installation called The Bloom. The project brought together 12 disabled people around an 8-meter wide, circular canvas to create a colorful smiley face by detonating paint-filled balloons using the power of their minds.