Dutch artists decorate service with soot particles
During the first week of September, the 450 first-year students of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AFI) will get a remarkable assignment. In addition to books and writing materials, they will receive a tool kit with a mouth mask, a pair of gloves, and a city map. The goal is to collect soot particles from walls and ridges.
‘Soot harvesting’ expedition
“Of course, this is not the most usual way to get acquainted with the city,” says Jan Piscaer, professor sustainability at the AFI, and coordinator of the ‘soot harvesting’ expedition, “but by making students think hard about the air that they breathe, we hope they will be stimulated to contribute to a cleaner fashion industry.”
The collected soot particles will also have a final destination. Two artists, Annemarie Piscaer (not related to professor Piscaer) and Iris de Kievith, will process the soot particles in the glazing of a ‘fine soot service’. The creative duo earlier made a collection of plates and mugs in five different shades of colors. The colors reveal the number of fine particles that are inhaled in 10, 25, 45, 65, and 85 years.
By creating something beautiful from which you can even eat, the artists want to make air pollution visible for everybody. Later this year, local authorities of Amsterdam will organize a ‘soot breakfast’ served on these plates.