Is it possible to make carbon pollution more visible — and to make us more aware of what we do everyday?
That’s exactly what’s being attempted in Big Vortex, a new art project by Realities United, a German art outfit. The installation simply converts the smoke being emitted by a power plant into a simple smoke ring, measuring about 100 feet in diameter and 3 feet tall. “These rings serve as a gentle reminder of the impact of consumption and a measuring stick that will allow the common Copenhagener to grasp the CO2 emission in straightforward way,” says Jan Elder, one of the principals at Realities United. “It turns the smokestack, traditionally the symbol of the industrial era, into a communicator for the future.”
More on the project here.