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asiaone - 26 days ago

Belgian artist s portable oasis creates Covid-free bubble for 1

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.


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