Bejing's Smog-Eating Tower is Cleaning the City's Air
Source: City Inspired on October 9, 2016 | Nicholas Efthimiadis
- A sliver of Beijing’s polluted skies will get a little clearer in the coming months, thanks to a public art piece that sucks smog out of the air and turns some of it into jewelry.
- The Smog Free Project, created by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team at Studio Roosegaarde, debuted at a park in the Chinese capital in October 2016.
- The two-story structure is an extra-large air purifier that acts as a vacuum, cleaning almost 40,000 cubic yards of air each hour and leaving a more breathable zone in the space around the tower, according to the design studio.
- The tower runs on a small amount of electricity and is powered by wind energy. Using ion technology, it captures about 75% of the particulate matter with sizes of 2.5 and 10 micrometers.
“BASICALLY, IT’S LIKE WHEN YOU HAVE A PLASTIC BALLOON, AND YOU POLISH IT WITH YOUR HAND, IT BECOMES STATIC, ELECTRICALLY CHARGED, AND IT ATTRACTS YOUR HAIR.”
-Daan Roosegaarde, Smog Free Project founder.
- However, instead of hair, the tower attracts smog particles, which look like black dust.
- In addition, Roosegaarde compresses the material into small “jewels” that adorn rings and cufflinks.