Dutch artist creates 23-ft. tower that sucks in smog

Apr 27, 2017, 6:27 AM EDT
(Source: Studio Roosegaarde/flickr)
(Source: Studio Roosegaarde/flickr)

Dutch designer and architect Daan Roosegaarde has created a 23 ft. high “Smog Free Tower,” which is the world’s first outdoor air purifier with the ability to suck up smog, filter out pollutant elements and release clean air.

The tower, resembling a miniature chrome-latticed skyscraper, has been tested in Rotterdam and will soon be installed at public parks in Beijing, a city that suffers from catastrophic levels of smoggy air, writes The New York Times.

The tower, which can clean up to 30,000 cubic meters of air in an hour, may not bring radical change to a highly polluted city like Beijing but its installation is a symbolic gesture, reminding the society of its responsibility to fight air pollution. The designer will be placing 25 such towers in Beijing’s public parks and plans to introduce the technology in India and Mexico as well, notes RealClear Life.