29 Dec

The Chemistry of Mystery: Fireworks and Bonfires

Fireworks are today the physical symbol of the concept of celebrating. They are launched on special holidays such as New Year’s Eve or local holidays and have become the international way of marking a holiday. Bright, energetic and colorful, fireworks are a symbolic burst of mystery and joy. They entertain and leave people in awe, offering a show that seems to come from another world.

Jean Francois Millet, Hunting Birds at Night (1874)

 

Oswald Achenbach, Fireworks in Naples (1875)

 

P.S. Krøyer, Midsummer Eve bonfire on Skagen’s beach (1906)