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Air of creativity

2014-12-19  3gzylon
2014-12-19 11:11China DailyWeb Editor: Si Huan
Designers express their concern about the environment through 300 posters displayed in Beijing and Shijiazhuang. [Photo/China Daily]

Designers express their concern about the environment through 300 posters displayed in Beijing and Shijiazhuang. [Photo/China Daily]

An ongoing poster-design exhibition inspires people to consider how individual actions collectively contribute to smog. Liu Zhihua reports.

Say No to Haze sends a clear message about the need to curb smog and the role of the individual in determining air quality.

The ongoing exhibition of 300 posters by designers and laypeople at Beijing's Galaxy SOHO is intended to prompt viewers to reflect upon their lifestyle's environmental impact.

The show, organized by Interactive Beijing and Creative Designer Salon of China, ends on Saturday.

"Chinese are increasingly concerned about smog's impact on human health, and many urge the government to take measures-but that's not enough," says Fei Jun, Interactive Beijing founder and China Central Academy of Fine Arts professor of interactive media art and design.

"Everyone shares responsibility to protect the air. We hope this exhibition publicizes this message."

Zhang Zijian, founder of the private Idea Works Synthesis Design Research Institute and another initiator of the exhibition, joined a dozen designers to host an online smog-poster competition in June. Zhang and his crew spent just 12 days curating.

"People complain so much about smog," Zhang says.

"We realized we should do something as designers to inspire people to reflect on air-pollution initiatives."

Organizers invited nine acclaimed designers to serve as judges, including German Klaus Hesse, and Chinese Xiao Yong and Zhang Dali.

They received more than 3,000 submissions. The idea of staging an offline exhibition came later. It is also running in Hebei's provincial capital Shijiazhuang until Dec 29.

The Beijing show also features the interactive Eco Air Bubble Pop-up installation piece Fei created with designer Li Xinlu.

They took inspiration from China's outdoor fitness centers and retrofitted the machines to generate power for air purifiers that clean the air inside the dome that contains them. They also use three species of plants to boost purification.

The bubble's facade displays the levels of air pollutants inside and outside the installation that are smaller than 2.5 microns-making them particularly harmful, since the respiratory system can't easily filter them out.

"Smog is a big problem," Fei says.

"But we can change the air quality through everyone's participation."


9 am-4 pm, until Saturday. 1/F, Building D, Galaxy SOHO, Jia 7, Xiaopaifang Hutong, Dongcheng district, Beijing.

10 am-10 pm, until Dec 29. Lerthai Center, 39 Zhongshan Donglu, Qiaodong district, Shijiazhuang, Hebei province.




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