Chinese government and Dutch artist to launch smog free roadshow

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde is collaborating with the country’s Ministry of Environmental Protection to create "Smog Free Project China".

The project consists of Roosegaarde’s air-purifying "Smog Free Tower" and his Smog Free Jewellery, which he says offer a "unique experience of a clean future".

The project will travel to five Chinese cities and will make its debut in Beijing in the autumn.

Roosegaarde’s original Smog Free Tower is the largest air purifier in the world. It is said to clean 30,000 cubic metres of air an hour using ion technology.

The design of the tower was inspired by Roosegaarde’s travels in China, particularly the shrines in public parks.

Daan Roosegaarde presenting Smog Free Project China at World Economic Forum 26 June 2016 (World Economic Forum/Greg Beadle)

The jewellery consists of rings and cufflinks made from compressed smog particles collected from the Smog Free Tower.

The project is not only intended to be a local solution for parks, but also an "inspirational experience of a clean future".

The government will work with NGOs, pro-bicycle campaigns and the clean-tech industry to help create a smog free city.

Liu Guozheng, secretary-general of the China Forum of Environmental Journalists, said: "Our goal is to guide the public to a healthier lifestyle, low carbon development and to raise awareness amongst the public and reduce smog."

Top image: Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Tower (Studio Rotterdam)

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