Architect seeks funding to make world’s biggest smoke rings

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has created a crowd-funding page to finance a contraption that will puff out the world’s biggest smoke rings.

The "steam ring generator" is planned to be the crowning device on the remarkable Amager Bakke power plant project in Denmark – a rubbish-burning power plant that doubles as a ski slope.

The plant’s 124-metre-high chimney will be an art piece designed to "raise awareness of our carbon emissions."

A smoke ring will be puffed out for every ton of CO2 burned at the plant.

According to the Kickstarter page, the Amager Bakke plant will be the "cleanest power plant in the world."

The smoke rings are likely to be the world’s biggest, as well.

The funding will go towards the final prototype and testing before BIG get approval to build and install the real thing.

Two previous prototypes have already been tested, which created a steam ring that was a tenth the size of the final desired effect – 5m in diameter.

Berlin based realities:united created the original project art, and BIG are working in collaboration with Peter Madsen’s Rumlaboratorium, and the Danish Technical University.

The Amager Bakke plant will replace a 45-year-old incinerator. It will burn around 400,000 tonnes of waste a year and convert that to electricity for 50,000 households and district heating for 120,000 households.

The project is due to be completed in 2017, with or without the steam ring generator.

The Kickstarter page was created by Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange, and has so far raised over $4,000 of a $15,000 target.

They have until 13 September to raise the full amount.

Support the project here.

BIG recently unveiled plans to turn the four chimneys of London’s Battersea Power Station into the world’s largest Tesla coils.

In other crowdfunding news, a group of architects are raising money to build a $2.9bn life size replica of Peter Jackson’s depiction of Minas Tirith, from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Images via Kickstarter

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