Visible pollutants: Man turns Beijing smog into brick

2015-12-01 06:01:38 GMT2015-12-01 14:01:38(Beijing Time)  ecns.cn
A man wearing mask collects dust on a street in Wangjing District of Beijing. The man from Shenzhen has spent 100 days in Beijing collecting smog and eventually compressed the dust into a “brick”. He plans to advocate these blocks as building materials in Beijing. During the 100 days, he carried with him an industrial vacuum cleaner wherever he visited in Beijing. The power of vacuum cleaner can last for four days with every single charge, with a capacity of sucking in the amount of air that 62 people breathe in every day. By doing so, the young man hoped to raise green awareness of the public. (Photo/CFP)A man wearing mask collects dust on a street in Wangjing District of Beijing. The man from Shenzhen has spent 100 days in Beijing collecting smog and eventually compressed the dust into a “brick”. He plans to advocate these blocks as building materials in Beijing. During the 100 days, he carried with him an industrial vacuum cleaner wherever he visited in Beijing. The power of vacuum cleaner can last for four days with every single charge, with a capacity of sucking in the amount of air that 62 people breathe in every day. By doing so, the young man hoped to raise green awareness of the public. (Photo/CFP)
The masked man collects dust in front of Beijing National Stadium.The man from Shenzhen has spent 100 days in Beijing collecting smog and eventually compressed the dust into a “brick”. He plans to advocate these blocks as building materials in Beijing. During the 100 days, he carried with him an industrial vacuum cleaner wherever he visited in Beijing. The power of vacuum cleaner can last for four days with every single charge, with a capacity of sucking in the amount of air that 62 people breathe in every day. By doing so, the young man hoped to raise green awareness of the public. (Photo/CFP)The masked man collects dust in front of Beijing National Stadium.The man from Shenzhen has spent 100 days in Beijing collecting smog and eventually compressed the dust into a “brick”. He plans to advocate these blocks as building materials in Beijing. During the 100 days, he carried with him an industrial vacuum cleaner wherever he visited in Beijing. The power of vacuum cleaner can last for four days with every single charge, with a capacity of sucking in the amount of air that 62 people breathe in every day. By doing so, the young man hoped to raise green awareness of the public. (Photo/CFP)
A man wearing mask collects dust in Beijing CBD. The man from Shenzhen has spent 100 days in Beijing collecting smog and eventually compressed the dust into a “brick”. He plans to advocate these blocks as building materials in Beijing. During the 100 days, he carried with him an industrial vacuum cleaner wherever he visited in Beijing. The power of vacuum cleaner can last for four days with every single charge, with a capacity of sucking in the amount of air that 62 people breathe in every day. By doing so, the young man hoped to raise green awareness of the public. (Photo/CFP)A man wearing mask collects dust in Beijing CBD. The man from Shenzhen has spent 100 days in Beijing collecting smog and eventually compressed the dust into a “brick”. He plans to advocate these blocks as building materials in Beijing. During the 100 days, he carried with him an industrial vacuum cleaner wherever he visited in Beijing. The power of vacuum cleaner can last for four days with every single charge, with a capacity of sucking in the amount of air that 62 people breathe in every day. By doing so, the young man hoped to raise green awareness of the public. (Photo/CFP)
The man shows a brick formed with smog he collected in 100 days in Beijing. The man from Shenzhen has spent 100 days in Beijing collecting smog and eventually compressed the dust into a “brick”. He plans to advocate these blocks as building materials in Beijing. During the 100 days, he carried with him an industrial vacuum cleaner wherever he visited in Beijing. The power of vacuum cleaner can last for four days with every single charge, with a capacity of sucking in the amount of air that 62 people breathe in every day. By doing so, the young man hoped to raise green awareness of the public. (Photo/CFP)The man shows a brick formed with smog he collected in 100 days in Beijing. The man from Shenzhen has spent 100 days in Beijing collecting smog and eventually compressed the dust into a “brick”. He plans to advocate these blocks as building materials in Beijing. During the 100 days, he carried with him an industrial vacuum cleaner wherever he visited in Beijing. The power of vacuum cleaner can last for four days with every single charge, with a capacity of sucking in the amount of air that 62 people breathe in every day. By doing so, the young man hoped to raise green awareness of the public. (Photo/CFP)
The man from Shenzhen has spent 100 days in Beijing collecting smog and eventually compressed the dust into a “brick”. He plans to advocate these blocks as building materials in Beijing. During the 100 days, he carried with him an industrial vacuum cleaner wherever he visited in Beijing. The power of vacuum cleaner can last for four days with every single charge, with a capacity of sucking in the amount of air that 62 people breathe in every day. By doing so, the young man hoped to raise green awareness of the public. (Photo/CFP)The man from Shenzhen has spent 100 days in Beijing collecting smog and eventually compressed the dust into a “brick”. He plans to advocate these blocks as building materials in Beijing. During the 100 days, he carried with him an industrial vacuum cleaner wherever he visited in Beijing. The power of vacuum cleaner can last for four days with every single charge, with a capacity of sucking in the amount of air that 62 people breathe in every day. By doing so, the young man hoped to raise green awareness of the public. (Photo/CFP)

A young man from the southern city of Shenzhen has turned air pollutants collected in Beijing into a concrete brick.

The man who calls himself "nut brother" said he came up with the idea in 2013, when media reports were filled with smog and PM2.5.

During 100 days this year, the man collected air pollutants with an industrial vacuum cleaner in front of the city's landmarks, including Tiananmen Square, the National Grand Theatre, CCTV headquarters, and the National Stadium Bird's Nest.

The vacuum cleaner can last four days with every charge, and can suck in the amount of air that 62 people breathe every day.

On Monday, he compressed the dust at a factory in Tangshan city of Hebei province, which will be fired into a brick. He plans to use the brick as building material in Beijing.

He wrote in his "Dust Plan" that people demand more resources. "We will turn into dust with the exhaustion of resources," he said.

On Sunday, authorities in Beijing announced that the city's air pollution alert had been upgraded from yellow to orange - the highest smog alert of the year - and that industrial plants are required to reduce or shut down production.

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