Pollution Pods

For Michael Pinsky, at Somerset House 

An invitation to experience the air quality of five major cities, by journeying through a series of geodesic domes - from the diesel fumes of London to the humidity and sulphur of Beijing.


This installation was a bold and exciting animation of the implications of climate change. I consulted for artist Michael Pinsky on scent design for the London unveiling. I knew it had worked when some visitors couldn't make it through the pathway, feeling they were too affronted with pollutants, even though every aroma was a safe simulation of its toxic equivalent. 

For more on Pollution Pods see The Guardian's review

Images by Peter McDiarmid for Somerset House