Art centre gets dusty for a purpose

Art January 17, 2018 12:25


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Greenpeace Southeast Asia is hosting the art exhibition “Right to Clean Air” at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre through January 28 – and all the art is made from dust.

Ruangsak Anuwatwimon created the artworks and photographs to raise awareness about the effects of air pollution and convince the Pollution Control Department to include particulates less than 2.5 microns in size in its Air Quality Index. 

The installation “Memory” is a sculpture of a child, mother and elder that stresses the urgency to address the problem of pollution. 

Surrounding it are more than 20 other installations fashioned from leaves covered in dust and collectively titled “Monolith Souvenir”. 


The photos bear witness to the dangers caused by airborne particulates under 2.5 microns in size.

There are talks on topics such as “Where is Thailand in the PM2.5 Air Pollution Issue?”, “Smart and Sustainable City, 4.0 or 0.4?” “Transboundary Air Pollution in Southeast Asia” and “Dust Talk – Behind the Scenes of Polluted Places”.

Ruangsak, who attended the Poh-Chang Academy of Arts, believes that art’s function is able to make the world a better place. In 1994 he began recognising the possibilities that exist beyond merely presenting two-dimensional art.