Where most people see a noxious layer of ugly haze, one Chinese artist sees opportunity and art. He spent 100 days sucking up Beijing’s notorious smog via an industrial vacuum cleaner, in order to compress all that collected dust into a single symbolic brick.
Born in Hubei province in 1981, the artist calls himself “Nut Brother” and was inspired by Beijing’s 2013 airpocalypse. His “Dust Plan” lasted from July 24 to November 29 (probably a good time to call it quits). He hopes that his project will help to raise environmental awareness among the public, in case they were somehow not aware already.
According to NetEase, Nut Brother’s industrial vacuum has 1,000 watts of maximum power and can suck up as much air as 62 people can breath in a day. It lasts for four days on just a single charge and is great at cleaning large spills on the go.
Each day, Nut Brother had someone take a photo of him walking around Beijing and then posted it on his Weibo account.
Yesterday, Nut Brother visited a brick factory and had all the particles he collected smushed into a single brick. He says that he hopes the brick will be used to help build something in the city.
This is likely the best smog-inspired art project we’ve seen since one Beijing artist made a wedding dress from 1,000 white face masks. Actually, it’s definitely better than that. And much more useful, somebody run the math and tell us how many industrial vacuum cleaners it would take to get rid of this latest airpocalypse.
This man isn’t just an artist, he’s a hero!
[Images via NetEase]