HEALTH: Pollution pod installations come to Brownsea Island

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Pinsky’s groundbreaking installation of Pollution Pods can be seen on Brownsea Island, Dorset between Friday 25- Tuesday 29 October 2019.

The Pollution Pods are a series of interlinked geodesic domes which raise awareness about air pollution and climate change. Created by Michael Pinsky, the installations follow the world leaders gathering on 23rd September in New York for the UN Climate Action Summit. 

The Pollution Pods will be on Brownsea Island from Friday 25 to Tuesday 29 October and are part of a collaboration between Activate, the artist-led organisation that uses culture to change how people think about climate change. It’s also supported by the National Trust. 

Many local students are getting involved with the installations including Art University Bournemouth, which have part funded the Pollution Pods and are taking part in a number of projects inspired by it.

Kate Wood, Executive and Artistic Director of Activate said: “This art installation raises very important and pertinent questions about our climate and to be able to present it in such an iconic natural location as Brownsea Island offers a place where we can think about our impact locally and globally.

“We are very pleased the National Trust is welcoming us and that the Arts University Bournemouth and local schools are engaging students in the project.”

Pollution pods emulate the pollution in different parts of the world in a safe manner

Each Pollution Pod dome contains a carefully mixed recipe that safely emulates the excessive quantities of ozone, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide that pollute major cities. 

Visitors can enter each pollution pod and experience different types of air pollution from the safe blend of perfumes designed to emulate the pollution.

“In the Pollution Pods, I have tried to distil the whole bodily sense of being in each place,” says Michael Pinsky.

“For instance, being in São Paulo seems like a sanctuary compared to New Delhi, until your eyes start to water from the sensation of ethanol, whilst Tautra is unlike any air you’ll have ever breathed before, it is so pure.”

60 local school children will visit the installation on 25 October to discuss environmental issues and actions to end climate change with outreach workers from Kings College, London. 

Michael Pinsky’s work has been seen by more than 20,000 people since it was first launched last year at the Starmus Festival in Norway. 

The installations can be seen at Church Field, Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour from 10am- 4:30pm on Friday 25- Tuesday 29 October 2019.

It is free to experience however, ferry fare and National Trust admission charges apply.

For more information visit or to plan your visit the National Trust’s website.

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