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Pollution-guzzling sculpture absorbs fumes produced by 90,000 cars a year

2 May 2018
By Anna Marks


As part of Milan Design Week, Japanese architects Kengo Kuma revealed an origami-like spiralling sculpture suspended from a single carbon rod.


Kengo Kuma was invited by Dassault Systèmes to design an architectural piece that reflected “design in the age of experience” where designers were challenged to use pollution-guzzling materials in their creations.

The huge sculpture called “Breath/ng” was not only produced for its visually impressive aesthetic, the piece is also air-purifying and can absorb fumes produced by 90,000 cars a year.

Constructed with an innovative fabric called “The Breath’” the installation is a bold reminder of the nearly-invisible air pollution in our urban environment.

The installation was developed by Anmenteh and is made up of 120 hand-folded organic panels. Each panel uses pollution-neutralizing “breath technology” to purify the environment and promote the natural flow of air.

The panels are constructed with a nano-activated core that separates and soaks up toxic organic compounds. Suspended by a single carbon fiber rod, the installation has 46 3D-printed joints holding it in place which were constructed by an HP Multi Jet Fusion printer.

To learn more about “Breath/ng” click here

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