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.
Comprised of 240 transparent plastic tubes, each 104-metres long and approximately 3.5 centimetres in diameter, the work - titled ‘Stability In Volatility’ by artist Danuta Karsten - has reinvigorated interest in one of the capital’s most curious buildings and launched it back into the spotlight after years of neglect.
The location of the metal Unicorn statue by Japanese sculptor Tomohiro Inaba was originally planned to be temporary, but after becoming a major hit with tourists and photographers city officials have now decided to let residents decide on where it should be installed permanently.
Installed in the shadow of the Palace of Culture the Zero Emission Store consists of a network of 14 kilometres of hand-woven colour-changing thread that reacts to air pollution levels. So if the smog is bad, it glows red, but if the air is clean it turns green.
The powerful new installation is intended to recall the camp’s infamous striped uniforms while the mirrored surfaces reflect the surrounding nature, evoking a sense of freedom.