Chinese artist creates a brick from Beijing’s smog that he vacuumed from the air in China’s capital city. Nut Brother (坚果兄弟) is the artist behind this very interesting and shocking experiment, meant to raise awareness about Beijing’s highly polluted air.
After 100 days spent walking the streets of Beijing and vacuuming the air of the Chinese capital with and industrial vacuum cleaner, Nut Brother managed to collect enough smog and dust to create a brick.
He stayed on the streets of Beijing around 4 hours a day, for 100 days, in order to create this brick that stands out as a monument of pollution. This experiment couldn’t have been done at a better moment, being unveiled right during the COP 21 Paris, the International Forum on Climate Change and Pollution.
The brick was made with the collected smog, dirt, dust and with some clay from a brick factory located in Beijing.
An estimated 4,000 people die each day due to air pollution in Beijing, making the infamous face masks seem very natural given such harsh conditions to live in.