China's 'smog art' movement

2014-03-12 01:25:33 GMT2014-03-12 09:25:33(Beijing Time)  China Daily
On Feb 25, Beijing, several artists pray for a blue sky before the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in Temple of Heaven Park. This type of action art calls attention to air pollution.[Photo/China.com] On Feb 25, Beijing, several artists pray for a blue sky before the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in Temple of Heaven Park. This type of action art calls attention to air pollution.[Photo/China.com]
A couple in wedding attire wear masks during an anti-smog campaign on Foreigner Street in Chongqing, Feb 28, 2014. The event was an appeal for reducing air pollution and increasing environmental protection. [Photo/icpress.cn] A couple in wedding attire wear masks during an anti-smog campaign on Foreigner Street in Chongqing, Feb 28, 2014. The event was an appeal for reducing air pollution and increasing environmental protection. [Photo/icpress.cn]
A horse wears a mask with a message reading A horse wears a mask with a message reading "No smog", Feb 28, 2014. [Photo/icpress.cn]
Photo taken on Feb. 22, 2014 shows a statue wearing a mask at Peking University in Beijing. Statues of sages such as Cai Yuanpei, Li Dazhao and Cervantes have had masks placed on them. The capital city during that time maintained its orange pollution alert, the second-highest alert level, as severe smog was forecast to linger in the Chinese capital for another three days.[Photo/China.com] Photo taken on Feb. 22, 2014 shows a statue wearing a mask at Peking University in Beijing. Statues of sages such as Cai Yuanpei, Li Dazhao and Cervantes have had masks placed on them. The capital city during that time maintained its orange pollution alert, the second-highest alert level, as severe smog was forecast to linger in the Chinese capital for another three days.[Photo/China.com]
Volunteers from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts fake coughed in white plastic bags on Dec 5, 2013. On the International Volunteer Day, 23 voluntary college students gave street performances in the bustling parts of Xi’an, Shannxi province, to advocate low carbon against smog. [Photo/cnwest] Volunteers from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts fake coughed in white plastic bags on Dec 5, 2013. On the International Volunteer Day, 23 voluntary college students gave street performances in the bustling parts of Xi’an, Shannxi province, to advocate low carbon against smog. [Photo/cnwest]

Air quality has become a big topic in recent years. Tens of millions of people across China have been forced to cope with high levels of PM2.5- particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter that can penetrate the lungs and harm the respiratory, cardiovascular, cerebral vascular and nervous systems.

Air pollution is not just about sore throats, but really more of a matter of life or death. The harmful effects that smog can have on the human body are one of the top concerns among those who reside in the country’s bigger cities.

As one result of the smog, Chinese artists have been creating various ways to voice their concern over air pollution through creative means such as action art, photography, painting, installations, film and dance.

 

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