Beijing’s Air – So Polluted Artist Creates Solid Brick from It

Beijing’s Air – So Polluted Artist Creates Solid Brick from It

A Chinese artist has recently created a though provoking piece to raise awareness about environmental protection in his home country.

What did he do? Well in the mode of all good modern art, he has thought outside the box to drive home his point. By using an industrial vacuum cleaner during smoggy days in Beijing, he walked the streets sucking up the dirty air. He then made a brick out of all the dust he collected.

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The artist goes by the name ‘Brother Nut’, said he came up with the idea after he was read a news reports about the quality of air in China’s capital city.

His ‘Dust Plan’, was intended to show people how dust is affecting their daily lives.

Armed with a 1,000-watt vacuum cleaner, he set out to capture 100 grams “dust and smog” which is in line with the total amount of air inhaled by about 62 people in four days.

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The mixture was then taken to a factory in Tangshan city in Hebei province, where it was mixed with clay and converted into a brick that weighs “several kilograms”.

He now plans to install the brick at a building construction site in Beijing, hoping that it will inspire people to think about how they use natural resources.

“Our cities have become congested cities and chemical sieges,” he wrote. “The more we pursue and dig for resources, the more dust we will produce. When all the world’s resources were exhausted one day, we will end up with becoming real dust ourselves (helpless and living on nothing).”

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