If you’re purchasing clean air out of a jar you either: a) have too much money on your hands, or b) need to clean up your smog-infested city before you choke to death.
Beijing artist Liang Kegang took a little piece of France home with him when he returned to Beijing with a glass jar of clean, Provence air.
Yes, that’s right: Air.
In an attempt to protest the awful pollution in his home city of Beijing, Kegang put the jar of air up for auction to a group of approximately 100 Chinese artists and collectors last month. It sold for $860.
Kegang’s recent artistic projects are meant to reflect the dissatisfaction over the air quality in China. This jar of clean air was meant to be an artistic protest, a gimmick to attract attention to the growing issue of the harmful air pollutants in China. Because the pollution is so bad, a market for dust masks and home air purifiers has emerged.
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