Invisible Dust Project – Double Pendulum

More news on creative air quality projects today. We mentioned the Invisible Dust series yesterday in our post on Helen Storey’s Catalytic Clothing. Here’s a bit more info on what it’s all about.

The project, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Arts Council England, includes a number of public art installations aiming to highlight the effects of air pollution on our health and environment. Artists involved include Faisal Abdu’Allah, HeHe (they of the Nuage Vert) and Dryden Goodwin.

Bringing artists, scientists and sports professionals together this public arts project examines the involuntary process of breathing. It aims to explore how factors such as physical attributes, gender, class and geography affects our breathing and the way we move.

The first artwork on show as part of Invisible Dust is Faisal Abdu’Allah’s work ‘Double Pendulum’ at the View Tube on the Olympic site  29th June – 17th July 2011.

The film can now be seen on the Guardian site.

Double Pendulum takes a critical look at the effect of London’s poor air quality on athletes. If no action is taken to remedy this controversial issue the result may be Britain being fines up to £175m by the International Olympic Committee. But as Double Pendulum highlights it’s not just athletes affected by air pollution, but all of us, especially children.

In relation to this the Campaign for Clean Air in London have recently published a list of schools that are within 150 meters of a road carrying more than 10,000 vehicles per day. Drawing attention to the long term effects of exposure to air pollution, particularly in children, resulting in seriously debilitating conditions such as asthma.