Artist Michael Pinsky is using the visceral experience to wake people up to the problem of air pollution

Artist Michael Pinsky has an installation at London's Somerset House that is unlike any other—inside it, visitors will get to experience what it's like to breathe the air of five different cities. The installation consists of a series of domes that precisely recreate the air quality, scents and temperatures of London, Beijing, São Paulo, New Delhi and Tautra. This was all done with the help of atmospheric chemistry experts. The opening coincides with Earth Day on April 22.

Called Pollution Pods, the installation will encircle the center of Somerset House's courtyard. Visitors can check out each pod and make comparisons between the air quality through this experience. There will also be information posted about the air in each pod. The one pod without pollution replicates Tautra, a remote area in Norway, while New Delhi is the most polluted.

The goal is to get visitors to understand the dangers of air pollution viscerally. Their bodies will certainly respond to different chemicals, such as ethanol, and burnt materials. The hope is that the experience will get people to care about the growing dangers of air pollution. After all, in New Delhi, it is estimated to shorten a person's life span by four years.

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Artist Michael Pinsky has an installation at London's Somerset House that is unlike any other—inside it, visitors will get to experience what it's like to breathe the air of five different cities. The installation consists of a series of domes that precisely recreate the air quality, scents and temperatures of London, Beijing, São Paulo, New Delhi and Tautra. This was all done with the help of atmospheric chemistry experts. The opening coincides with Earth Day on April 22.

Called Pollution Pods, the installation will encircle the center of Somerset House's courtyard. Visitors can check out each pod and make comparisons between the air quality through this experience. There will also be information posted about the air in each pod. The one pod without pollution replicates Tautra, a remote area in Norway, while New Delhi is the most polluted.