The Billboard That Breathes

In 2018, we conceptualised an installation depicting the human lungs, retrofitted with HEPA filters and a fan that mimics breathing, to demonstrate the impact of air pollution.

It was installed in a public space first in Bangalore in January 2018 and then in two locations in Delhi in November 2018.

When the installation was put up, the colour of the lungs was white (symbolizing healthy lungs). Over the next few days, the installation started to change colour to grey and then eventually black.

We created a ‘How-to Toolkit’ for other organisations to replicate the installation in other cities/countries. It outlines how it was made, the tech it requires, media around the installation, permissions and offline engagement plans.

For more information please write to divya[at]jhatkaa[dot]org

In the Media:

  1. City NGO, artiste want Bengaluru to breathe easy – The New Indian Express
  2. When art helps drive home a critical message – Times of India
  3. How toxic is Bengaluru’s air? This installation shows you – The News Minute
  4. Why the Environment Ministry Should Be Expecting Pieces of Tarred Lungs in their Mail – News18
  5. Delhi pollution: Pair of clean artificial lungs installed before Diwali turns completely black in six days – Firstpost
  6. A Pair of Clean Lungs Was Installed In Delhi 6 Days Ago, This Is What It Looks Like After Diwali – News18
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