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Anna Pakulniewicz 24 January 2018

Anna Pakulniewicz


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Ania covers the Baltic states’ real estate markets, architecture and urban planning in Warsaw as well as interior design. She is also the co-founder of Eurobuild TV. Among others, she has been employed by TVN CNBC, PAP Insider, WBJ (The Observer), Poland Monthly and IMM. She graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics, majoring in international relations. She has also completed postgraduate studies in macroeconomic analysis. In addition to this, she studied Lithuanian philology

Artistic installation dines on smog
Kuba Bąkowski is still improving his sculpture
POLAND The Dust Eater [Zjadacz Kurzu] is a 4m sculpture by Kuba Bąkowski and a machine that absorbs smog and examines the quality of the air. The sculpture is most probably to be erected in both Warsaw and Wrocław this year.

The Dust Easter currently stands at the main entrance to the Zdrojowy Park near the Sanatorium ‘Marconi’ in Busko-Zdrój. Previously the installation was used to clear the air in Kielce. According to Kuba Bąkowski , the harmfulness of smog is primarily due to particles with a diameter of less than 10 microns. These are precisely the particles that are filtered out by the sculpture. Geo-Eco helped develop the modern filtration systems and pollution sensors. The Dust Eater suck in air through two industrial filters, which can be replaced by unscrewing the sculpture’s eyes, after which it is piped to a HEPA, where PM10 and PM 2.5 as well as PM 1 particles are filtered out. The quality of the filtered air is published to the zjadaczkurzu.org website. The sculpture was created for the 9th ‘Art in Public Space’ event, which is organised annually by the Nowa Przestrzeń Sztuki Foundation. The foundation was offset up by Dorota and Tomasz Tworek in order to promote contemporary art. Every year, they invite contemporary Polish artists to take part in the event. Previous participants have included Leon Tarasewicz, Robert Kuśmirowski, Paweł Althamer, Joanna Rajkowska, Maya Gordon, and Artur Żmijewski. The foundation receives financing from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. “Powering the entire project with solar energy is now realistic – all that is needed is a large surface area. This is one of my basic goals now to further develop the project. Another is to improve Eater’s filter, which is okay for an art-project, but could be better – I’m going to work on this with the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, which speicalises in filters, and I’m going to seal up the work better. Another goal is to mount top of the line smog sensors - the target is for the Eater to be on a par with or better than city sensors. Nonetheless, the work is already fully functional at the current stage,“ said the sculpture’s creator. Kuba Bąkowski graduated in multimedia communication from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań.

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