Imagine a material which can clean the air of the very nitrogen dioxide (NOx) pollutant gas which exacerbates asthma and other breathing difficulties; the same breathing difficulties that have made the face mask a global necessity, or that kept me in A&E one night a few years with my son as he struggled on a ventilator. This material is called NOXTEK, a ceramic geopolymer developed over the last 13 years.
The by-products of our industrial evolution are creating a lasting effect and The Euston Road is usually in the top 5 most polluted roads in the country. As a result, Euston Town Green Bid, commissioned a piece of public art for Camden People's Theater, for the express purpose of leading commuters away to walk greener streets near the park. And so with the help of Euston, The Mayor of London Fund, Alsitek and Solar Polar over 2018-2019, I created a public art sculpture reminiscent of the Greek sculptures in marble and stone of empires now deceased; a person looking up, away from their phone to take in a breathe of clean air in an environment they would once more notice.
More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed the World Health Organization (WHO) limits. By 2050, the UN predicts that 66% of the world’s population will live in cities.
Images of two sides of 'Breathe' in pollution absorbing NOXTEK to be installed May 2021 in collaboration with Euston Town Green Link, The Mayor of London Fund, Alsitek, Solar Polar.