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A 'Smog Vacuum' Will Clean China’s Air, Turning Pollution Into Jewelry

A sliver of Beijing’s polluted skies will get a little clearer in the coming months, thanks to a public art piece that sucks smog out of the air and turns some of it into jewelry. The “Smog Free Project,” created by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team at Studio Roosegaarde, debuted at a park in the Chinese city Thursday. The two-story Smog Free Tower is an extra-large air purifier that acts as a vacuum, cleaning almost 40,000 cubic yards of air each hour and leaving a more breathable zone in the space around the tower, according to the design studio.
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