Belgian artist's 'portable oasis' creates COVID-free bubble for one

  

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Via:  hallux  •  6 months ago  •  6 comments

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Belgian artist's 'portable oasis' creates COVID-free bubble for one
When governments around Europe told people to create a "bubble" to limit their social contacts during the COVID-19 pandemic, this was probably not what they had in mind.

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When governments around Europe told people to create a "bubble" to limit their social contacts during the COVID-19 pandemic, this was probably not what they had in mind. Alain Verschueren, a Belgian artist and social worker, has been strolling through the capital Brussels wearing a "portable oasis" - a plexiglass mini-greenhouse which rests on his shoulders, cocooning him in a bubble of air purified by the aromatic plants inside. Verschueren, 61, developed the idea 15 years ago, inspired by the lush oases in Tunisia where he had previously worked. In a city where face coverings are mandatory to curb the spread of COVID-19, his invention has gained a new lease of life. "It was about creating a bubble in which I could lock myself in, to cut myself off a world that I found too dull, too noisy or smelly," Verschueren said, adding that he has asthma and finds breathing within his contraption more comfortable than wearing a facemask. "As time went by, I noticed that people were coming up to me and talking to me. This isolation became much more a way of connecting," he said. Onlookers in Brussels appeared amused and confused by the man wandering between the shops - mostly closed due to COVID-19 restrictions - encased in a pod of thyme, rosemary and lavender plants.


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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    6 months ago

Some 'artists' are just artholes. When I was teaching, this was referred to as 'that's not art, it's Arthur'. 

Now that I've got that off my chest ... what would you grow in your bubble and what would you babble about?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
2  Buzz of the Orient    6 months ago

He shouldn't throw stones. 

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
Professor Silent
3  Mark in Wyoming     6 months ago

Hehehehehe, i would prolly don one of these and go around greeting people saying , "i am groot".

 
 
 
321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
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4  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu     6 months ago

Speechless 

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
5  cjcold    6 months ago

Have already designed the next generation of NASA "space helmets" that are chia pets. 

They eat CO2 and exude oxygen. No space station should be without a few.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
6  cjcold    6 months ago

Have already designed the next generation of "space helmets" that are chia pets. 

 
 
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