Still got your Christmas tree in the house? Here’s one idea on how to get rid of it, courtesy of artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who is known for blowing stuff up in the service of art. This one, a 40-foot tree going kablooey, was on the National Mall in Washington, using three separate explosions and 2,000 black smoke drops. It was not for Christmas — it was at the 25th anniversary of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian earlier this year — but we can apply the lessons of this event to proper Christmas tree disposal, right? Blow them up real good.
Outside, that is. Take it outside, far away from the house, or any structures. Can’t stress that enough. In fact, maybe you shouldn’t do this at all, unless you’re Cai Guo-Qiang, or the Grucci family. Drag it to the curb and call your trash company to haul it to the recycling plant or something. I don’t want to hear from any lawyers, all right?