Man Uses Vacuum Cleaner to Convert Pollution into Brick Art

Beijing has surprisingly some of the worst air pollution in the world today. While China may be thriving from making a large portion of consumer products for the demands of the world market, it hasn’t kept up with environmental standards. This means that nearly every day, the air quality of Beijing is poor, being a dark haze that people must walk through. One man has decided to bring awareness to this issue through his art. To create his art he used two things: a vacuum cleaner and the pollution from Beijing.

His name is only Brother Nut. He’s regularly a performance artist, but has experienced great success with his latest project. It’s gone viral on social media. Using two things, he has converted air pollution into a solid black brick of art.

According to the CIS portal, to create his art, he spent 100 days this year walking around the Chinese capital of Beijing with his vacuum cleaner. He used a large industrial-sized vacuum cleaner. He would hold the wand high in the air as he walked. This vacuum cleaner sucked in the dust and microscopic particles from the air—the very particles that are part of air pollution.


While the resulting brick he made isn’t anything fancy, he did it to make a point of China’s poor air quality. Many people did not understand why he walked around vacuuming dust from the air.

But Brother Nut said that air pollution is a problem for every person in the country. He feels that everyone should have a right to breathe in fresh clean air. He feels that the people of Beijing are being denied this basic right.

For the past 2100 days in Beijing, there have only been 58 good air quality days. Of the remainder, there have been over 2000 days with unhealthy air quality. Last December 2015, Beijing issued its first-ever red smog alert air quality warning. This literally shut down the city. Schools were closed, construction sites were shut down, and few cars were allowed on the roads. Later in December, the US Embassy measured hazardous PM2.5 pollutants in the air as being above 500. This is beyond the index for anything being recorded.

During Brother Nut’s vacuum cleaner collection he collected over 100 grams of pollutants from the air. Some of these contain small particulates that are thirty times smaller than a strand of your hair.

To make his brick, he took clay, and mixed it up, and poured it into a mould. Once dry, the brick popped out. It looks a lot like any other type of brick.

Brother Nut now gets stopped on the street since his project went viral on social media. And apparently, he’s not the first artist to suggest that a gigantic vacuum cleaner can be used to clean the city’s air.


Back in 2013 Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde designed an electro-magnetic device that would pull airborne smog particles to the ground, creating fresh air in its place.

Air pollution is harmful because it contains harmful substances to the human body, such as soot, arsenic, and lead. These particulates enter the lungs and bloodstream and can cause difficulties in breathing, allergies, asthma, and even cancer. They can even lead to heart disease. This is what inspired Brother Nut to create his project.

Brother Nut was even offered $1600 US to sell his brick, but declined. Hopefully someone is listening, as making air cleaners for outdoors could be a lucrative business. Until then, we’ll have to wait for China to conform to UN requirements for air quality.

Art of the face

hungergames3Men’s shaving preferences tend to become ingrained as a teenager. Often they’ll prefer one brand of electric shaver over another, or even choose to shave with a razor blade. Men may prefer going clean shaven, or choosing to have a mustache or beard. Some men don’t mind going the weekend without shaving. Occasionally men may choose to change their look, depending on convenience, or the latest style trends. Grooming styles tend to change depending on the fashion runway, and even what celebrities, musicians, and male actors are wearing.

Some men look great in a beard and mustache while others look like they’re hiding from the authorities. A beard can make a man look younger or older, depending on the amount of gray hair. Some men are willing to spend the extra time in the morning carefully tending to a new look. Other men can’t be bothered and simply grab the best electric shaver and shave it all down. There are a few notable shaving style trends that have come forward in the past couple of years. Increasingly we’re seeing male actors at awards events wearing a beard. It may be for a role, or their own personal styling choice. A futuristic styling can require a great deal of maintenance. You can see these styles on the citizens of Panem in the Hunger Games movie, or on rapper’s faces, such as Ludacris. These beards are intricately detailed, with lace, geometric, or flowing patterns along the sides of the face and chin. This intricate detail can’t be done with the best electric shavers, it must be done by the most talented barber, and will need to be touched up at least twice a day. The handlebar mustache may have been an iconic style for detective Hercule Poirot, but it’s also making a modern-day appearance. The handlebar also looks good with a goatee, for men who don’t wish to make a full commitment to facial hair. A handlebar mustache is also easy to maintain with some styling wax.



Not all men can pull off a scruffy looking beard, but many can. This offers just the right amount of facial hair to skin. It can be easily trimmed for special occasions, or shaved off quickly if a man so desires. A scruffy beard is a great choice for one who hasn’t decided whether they really want a beard or not, or for one who doesn’t wish to spend a lot of time on their face. Many men sport a slim goatee with a narrow mustache. The goatee is carefully trimmed down to the jawline. Sometimes you won’t notice a man has a goatee until you’re up close. Many men may have a slim goatee, but choose to skip the mustache part. In fact, a goatee alone may be one of the easiest facial hair styles to maintain.

Whether men choose to have a smooth look or try one of the latest facial hair trends, they’re going to need to have the best electric shaver on the market. A good electric shaver will keep a man’s face trim, no matter what his personal style is.

ART: Marvel House, Sept 22-29

Four local artists and the Project Lodge present: Marvel House. This week-long exhibition explores the brilliance, allure, and ethical complexities of the circus world and imagines the gallery as spectacle. Olivia Baldwin, Jessica Doing, Katie Garth, and Sigrid Hubertz will show works of a variety of media, including drawings, paintings, prints, and installations. Come one, come all, and experience the final exhibition in this ProLo space.

The exhibition will run from September 22-29, with an opening reception to be held on Saturday, September 22 from 6-9 p.m. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

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SATURDAY Aug 18: Bryan Eubanks, Cat Lamb, Wilhelm Matthies, Noxroy


NOXROY (Empire, WI)

Bryan Eubanks (b. 1977, WA.) is a musician focused on collaborative improvisation, solo musical projects, and generative sound installations. Primarily active within the traditions of experimental and live electronic music, he works with unstable instruments of his own design that incorporate open-circuits, samplers, radio transmission, feedback, digital synthesis, the soprano saxophone, and other acoustic instruments. His compositions and installations involve practical research into computer music, generative composition, electronics, and sound localization in an effort to bring into being situations that examine transformations in the perception of sonic space/time.

Catherine Lamb (b. 1982, Olympia, WA.) is a composer/violist exploring sound through intimate ensembles and solo work. She is interested in microscopic color variances in (mostly) narrow bands, often with an ever-opening form. She is interested in the elemental/spectral interaction between tones and their shadows, between beings. She works with the phenomenological dimensions of quiet perceptual/sensual layers moving in and out of presence, as a being moving in space.

Wilhelm Matthies, based in Kenosha, Wisconsin, focuses on developing homemade instruments blending ideas from various world instruments. The purpose is to open performance possibilities that tap into such histories yet reveal the newness of the instrument and the new performance situation. He is, at the same time, developing compositional strategies that both accommodate the non-standard tuning, sonic qualities and playing characteristics of these instruments, but also allow other players to participate with the musical intent using relatively standard instruments. The composed improvisations feature cyclical variations. This compositional strategy thus allows the music to be written, performed, edited and listened to on many metaphoric levels, but always dealing with aspects of the theme of eternal return orimpermanence.
Here’s a photo of his homemade instrument the “kokeka”:


Noxroy is the solo guise of All Tiny Creatures guitarist Andrew Fitzpatrick.

FRIDAY Aug 17: The Garza, Things Falling Apart, and Tyranny Is Tyranny

203475_294910350606583_1669335610_nThe Garza is Madison scene vets dishing out unrelenting heaviness: Nate Bush (ex-Droids Attack), Shawn Blackler (Bon Squad, ex-Brass Tacks, ex-Striking Irwin), Magma (ex-Pachinko, ex-Bongzilla).

Things Falling Apart (not to be confused with the Madison band of similar name) is from DeKalb. A collective noise-orchestra that smears post-rock from the perspective of Bitches Brew rather than Mogwai.

Tyranny Is Tyranny is a side project helmed

by Russell and Jason of The United Sons of Toil. Tyranny is simpler and heavier than USoT — more post-metal than post-hardcore. Like USoT, Tyranny is influenced by the 90s noiserock of Amphetamine Reptile but also draws inspiration from the post-rock/post-metal hybrids of bands like Cult of Luna and Fall of Efrafa. As hinted at by the titular homage to historian Howard Zinn, the lyrical themes are an excoriation of capitalism.