Huge ‘breathing lung’ installations travel country to raise awareness of air pollution

The installations comprise a large set of lungs – measuring around 2 sqm – which are covered with a white material which let air through thanks to a ventilator fixed to the rear of the unit. Polski Alarm Smogowy

With the heating season now in full swing in Poland, non-governmental organisation Polish Smog Alert have put up a number of lung installations which reveal how much noxious emissions are present in the air.

Organisers, who have dubbed the event ‘See What You Breathe’, hope to raise awareness among the public about harmful emissions caused by old heaters, especially coal-fired boilers.

As the emissions pass through the material, the fine dust particles are caught in the material, making it change colour to reflect the level of air pollution.Polski Alarm Smogowy

The installations comprise a large set of lungs – measuring around 2 sqm – which are covered with a white material which let air through thanks to a ventilator fixed to the rear of the unit.

As the emissions pass through the material, the fine dust particles are caught in the material, making it change colour to reflect the level of air pollution.

Polish Smog Alert says that the principal source of air pollution in Poland is due to coal- and wood-burning emissions caused by domestic heaters.Łukasz Gągulski/PAP

The installations are to be on display to the general public in as many as 18 towns and cities across Poland.

The move follows on from last year, when activists from Polish Smog Alert set up two such models in Warsaw and Kraków, which are prone to foul air.

The installations will travel across the country to raise awareness.Polski Alarm Smogowy/Twitter

It took merely two weeks for the material to turn a dark grey last year.

Polish Smog Alert says that the principal source of air pollution in Poland is due to coal- and wood-burning emissions caused by domestic heaters.