With pollution being one of the main threats in our cities, people are coming up with genius ways to tackle it. A new mural in Poland’s capital, for example, is helping people in Warsaw to breathe a little easier. How, one might ask? All thanks to a special kind of paint, two talented Polish artists, and a studio that helped them to bring their vision to life.
The initiative of environmentally friendly murals is organized by the sportswear company Converse as part of their City Forests campaign. Warsaw became the latest city to feature such a mural made of special, sun-activated, smog-cleaning pigments.
This new mural in Warsaw, Poland is eating up smog
Image credits: conversecityforests
The mural is located on a building that faces the busy metro stop Politechnika. In it, bright, smiling flowers can be seen entangled among the buildings. The image was designed by two Polish artists, Maciek Polak and Dawid Ryski, while the mural itself was executed by the local artist hub Good Looking Studio.
As it’s done with a special kind of paint
Words that read “Create together for tomorrow” are incorporated into the mural, aiming to bring a positive message of hope for the future. “Pollution levels have dropped in many cities around the world as people are no longer commuting as much,” a spokesman for Converse told The First News.
Reportedly, the mural equals the work of 720 trees
“Companies are working slower, and for the time being, everything has slowed down. At Converse, we saw this as an opportunity to speak up and help produce fresh air through painting murals. Furthermore, we felt it was a good way to reunite communities as they return to normal life after such a long period of isolation.”
Warsaw is the second city to feature such a mural
Due to the special paint, the mural reportedly purifies the surrounding air the same as 720 trees would do. After the campaign is finished, the murals located across several different countries should equal the work of 3,000 trees.
The first was Bangkok
The mural was painted using photocatalytic paint with titanium dioxide that attracts airborne pollutants. Afterwards, they are converted into harmless nitrates through a chemical process that involves sunlight.
And 13 more will follow suit
Following Bangkok in Thailand, Warsaw is the second city to feature a mural like this. The upcoming City Forest murals are set to appear in Belgrade, Lima, Sydney, Jakarta, Manila, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Bogota, and Panama City.
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