A large smog vacuum cleaner turns pollution into diamond rings

When art and design meet innovative, creative thinking to envision a better, cleaner world for all, magical things happen.

The Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde is inspiring the world with his innovative, artistic designs made as practical solutions to some of the life-threatening problems we face, pollution being one of these. In the centre of all his projects is the human, social experience. 

Him and his team use tools of design and innovation to create collective social experiences in which the designed object interacts with our behaviour, in our everyday environment. This connects us not only with each other but with a vision for the future. 

The diamond in the smog free diamond ring (see picture above - second in the gallery - and read below) is made by compressing the carbon extracted from the city atmosphere. It's not only a fun souvenir but serves a symbol of hope for a greener, cleaner and healthier city life. 

The art installation Waterlicht (number four in the gallery above) is a virtual flood. It looks like the oceans has occupied an entire city square. The illusion is given of being underwater, while showing how high the water could reach without human intervention. Awareness around rising water levels caused by global warming is heightened.

His current Smog Free Project aims to fight pollution one smog vacuum cleaner at the time:

Daan Roosegaarde and his team of experts have created the world's largest smog vacuum cleaner. The 7-meter (23 feet) tall SMOG FREE TOWER uses patented positive ionisation technology to produce smog free air in public space, allowing people to breathe and experience clean air for free. It is equipped with environment-friendly technology, cleans 30.000 m3 per hour and uses no more electricity than a water boiler (1170 watts). The SMOG FREE TOWER provides a local solution for clean air such as in parks. The effect of the Smog Free Tower has been validated by the results compiled by the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Creating a tangible souvenir, Roosegaarde designed the SMOG FREE RING of compressed smog particles. By sharing a SMOG FREE RING you donate 1000 m3 of clean air to the city. In 2017, Roosegaarde presents a new addition to Smog Free Project: SMOG FREE BICYCLE. The concept draws its inspiration from the recent Smog Free workshop which featured artist Matt Hope and Prof. Yang from Tsinghua University and led to new creative output. The innovative bicycle inhales polluted air, cleans it, and releases clean air around the cyclist.

The SMOG FREE PROJECT is a series of urban innovations led by Daan Roosegaarde to reduce pollution on a city scale and to provide an inspirational experience of a clean future. Along with governments, students and the clean-tech industry, people can work together to make a whole city smog free. The SMOG FREE PROJECT aims to create an immediate impact on a local and city scale whilst activating new solutions towards smog free cities. 

Watch Roosegaarde's inspiring TED talk below and read more about his past, present and future project here.