"[Cai Guo Qiang's oeuvre] is explosive and violent, like the age from whose core it erupts, yet it is also pervaded by an underlying, disdainful calm. This is the kind of beautiful calm that only art knows how to secure amid great commotion. In precisely such a calm, which calls thinking forth into the presence of terror, lies the works' challenge to the convulsive and disfiguring forces of the age – forces that, when left to themselves, put all thoughtfulness to flight, leaving us stunned and bewildered. It takes an art at least as powerful as the forces of the age itself to open a space of thoughtfulness in their midst, for it is only from out of the terror that the powers of rescue can arise".
Robert Pogue Harrison, Of Terror and Tigers: Reflections on Cai Guo-Qiang's Inopportune, Cai Guo-Qiang.com.N.p., n.d. Web. 14 April, 2012, p. 6