On September 14, 2017, on Artists’ Plaza in the city of Kielce, a new realization of Kuba Bąkowski, Dust Eater will take its place. Almost 5 meters tall, the sculpture-machine will be filtering the city air until the end of October. It will also be the station for monitoring quality of air in Kielce. The results of its work are presented in the real time on the website www.zjadaczkurzu.org.
In the ranking of the most polluted European cities prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as many as 33 Polish cities are found. In January 2017, in southern Poland, a record air pollution was noted – the norms were surpassed by over 3000%. The problem of smog and pollution concerns everyone and is valid regardless of the season. Smog is so harmful mostly due to particles of the diameter smaller than 10 micrometers (especially particles PM10 and PM2,5). These exact particles will be filtered by Dust Eater, a new artistic realization of Kuba Bąkowski, which in September 2017 will stand in the center of Kielce.
Dust Eater is a hybrid of art and industry – it combines post-futuristic artistic postulates with advanced industrial engineering. Bąkowski says: “For me, the starting point is not only ecology but also the history of the region. The city of Kielce lies in Poland’s oldest region of mining and metallurgy, and until today is an important industrial center. Dust Eater combines the worlds of machines, new technologies, and art, it connects the history of the region with its contemporariness and addresses the problem of responsibility for the future”.
Dust Eater will take its place on Artists’ Plaza in the heart of Kielce, in the middle of the largest traffic route of the city, i.e. Henryka Sienkiewicza street. The unveiling of the work is set for September 14, at 6 p.m. Then the machine will be filtering the city air until October 31, 2017.
Apart from the symbolic and ritual character, the ‘purification’ will have its practical and educational meaning. Its practical aspect will be realized through the actual filtration of the air performed by modern systems that the machine is equipped with. The educational value of the project will be carried out by the pollution sensor which makes the machine a one-of-a-kind air quality monitoring station.