From London to Beijing in a few breaths. The installation “Pollution Pods” by the British artist Michael Pinsky is both an artistic and extremely innovative depiction of a theme that concerns us all: air pollution in different parts of the world.
In five interconnected geodesic domes typical odors, humidity and temperatures of five world metropolises are presented: A real touch of Trondheim, London, New Delhi, Beijing and Sao Paolo awaits the visitors.
At the very last Beijing dome, most “smelling travelers” become aware that a normal life, as we know it, is not only difficult, but also dangerous in many big cities. Going for a walk, doing sports, playing, you would not even imagine doing that in this air. And yet millions of people do this every day, here in Beijing and other major cities around the world.
The release of toxic gases contributes to climate change and has a direct impact on our health. In cities like London, one child in five suffers from asthma, while in developing countries like Delhi, more than half of children develop stunted lung development and never fully recover from it. We live in a relatively clean air environment. According to the World Health Organization, around seven million people die of the effects of polluted air every year. Most of them in Africa and Asia. In the installation of artist Michael Pinsky, we can feel, taste and smell the polluted environment that is everyday life for a large part of the world’s population.
The artist Michael Pinsky was born in Scotland in 1967 and now works in London. Since his training in Brighton and London, he has been initiating international art projects, many of them in public spaces. Pinsky’s projects are to be developed without a fixed process and with the local people. He sees himself as an artist in the field of tension between art, urban planners, activists, researchers and residents.