I follow Kickstarter, and today they featured this “art” project in Copenhagen that plans to make the carbon footprint of a new powerplant visible city wide. Personally, I don’t see the point of it, but then again some of the best art is often based on what others would consider irrational thinking.
From the Kickstarter project page:
By 2017 the citizens of Copenhagen will not only be able to ski down the cleanest power plant in the world – their perceptions of what a power plant can be will be challenged by an art piece that raises awareness of our carbon emissions. The world’s first steam ring generator will puff out a steam ring for every ton of CO2 burned in the plant. Help us turn fiction into fact!
By sweeping nothing under the carpet, but rather projecting our carbon footprint onto the Copenhagen sky, we provide every single citizen intuitive information to help them inform the decisions they make for their lives and for the city that they want to live in.
Based on an original art proposal by the Berlin-based artists realities:united, we are designing the chimney to utilize the plant’s excess steam in collaboration with Peter Madsen’s Rumlaboratorium, as well as the Danish Technical University. In the future, if you come to Copenhagen, all you will have to do is look at the Copenhagen sky and count the rings. Each one will signify the emission of a single ton of CO2.
Now if we can just get journalists to properly label steam coming out of power plants in those tiresome photoshpped choices of “smokestacks” for every “power plants are evil” story, we might get somewhere.