Hong Kong Street Artists Use Air Pollution As Black Ink

Anirudh Sharma of Graviky Labs constructed a device that he can fit to polluting exhausts and collect the soot that would otherwise reach the air. The collected pollution is then put through a purification process that turns it into a rich, black ink.P12202523

According to Creativity, the “contraptions” were affixed on “on the exhaust pipes of trucks, ferries, chimneys and cranes in Hong Kong and India,” resulting in “about 40 gallons” of “Air Ink” for Asian street artists such as Bao Ho, Caratoes, Xeme, Cath Love and Kristopher H to use to create the animation for the above video and some murals in Hong Kong. The project was sponsored by Tiger Beer.

Driving a diesel car for a little over two hours fills up a 15mm chisel tip marker, and seems like an impressively creative way to get something good out of an awful situation. “This is a really good ink,” artist Cath Love notes, “but I’m like ‘Oh my God, how much pollution went into this?'”

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