Chinese Artist Vacuums Beijing’s Smog And Makes A Brick From It

While climate change is debated among the world leaders, people from around the world are becoming increasingly active in highlighting their concerns about the impact pollution is having on their daily lives.

A Chinese performance artist named Nut Brother decided to do something unusual to visualize Beijing’s problem with smog. The Chinese capital has been battling air pollution for many years, and recently the pollution soared to levels 40 times higher than those deemed safe by the World Health Organization. It was so bad recently that city officials issued its first ever red alert for smog, closing schools and limiting traffic.

Nut Brother took to the streets with a vacuum cleaner and vacuumed up Beijing’s smog for 100 days, after which he made a brick from what he collected.