Chinese artist Artist Guo-Qiang tried to blow up a 40-foot tree on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 25th anniversary for the Sackler Gallery, a museum of the Smithsonian that focuses on Asian art, reported Talking Points Memo. It was meant to reference the numerous tree lighting ceremonies taking place in anticipation of Christmas, reported the Washington Post.

“I’m thinking about it as reversing a typical Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Instead of seeing lights at night, you see black smoke during the day,” he told the Washington Post. “I’m imagining that after the explosion, the smoke tree will look like a virtual tree. I’m hoping it will look like an ink painting.”

Two thousand fireworks were attached to the tree.

But as you can see from the video, the tree refuses to be defeated.