Face masks
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Art born of China’s pollution

Face masks
Chinese artist Wu Di has experimented with various pollution masks in his work. Here, he depicts a young girl in Beijing wearing 445 masks, the number he calculates she will need between now and 2030. (Wu Di)
The ‘Face Mask’ series
A photo from the “Face Mask” series by Chinese artist Wu Di. (Wu Di)
The ‘Face Mask’ series
A photo from the “Face Mask” series by Chinese artist Wu Di. (Wu Di)
The ‘Face Mask’ series
A photo from the “Face Mask” series by Chinese artist Wu Di. (Wu Di)
‘Bear Witness’
“Bear Witness” by Chinese artist Wu Di, part of his work for Greenpeace. Mannequins wearing clothes from well-known Western brands were positioned near a swirling waste water discharge point on the Qiantang River in Hangzhou. The highly pigmented waste water was traced to nearby dyeing industries.  (Wu Di)
‘The Haze Disaster’
“The Haze Disaster” by Chinese artist Wu Di. This photo, taken in Beijing, was published in magazines including Newsweek China. (Wu Di)
Wu Di
A portrait of Chinese artist Wu Di, who has found inspiration in his nation’s pollution woes. (Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times)
Temple of Heaven
This winter, a group of artists gathered at Beijing’s Temple of Heaven and staged a piece of performance art.  (Wu Di)
Smog ring
A still from Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde’s smog ring project. (Daan Roosegaarde)
‘A Jar of Air from Provence’
“A Jar of Air from Provence” by Chinese artist Liang Kegang. The work sold for about $860. (Liang Kegang)
‘Passing Spring at the Ancient Dock’
“Passing Spring at the Ancient Dock” by Chinese artist Yao Lu. Yao uses software to integrate elements from traditional Chinese landscape paintings into photos of trash piles.  (Yao Lu)
‘Dwelling in the Mt. Fuchun’
“Dwelling in the Mt. Fuchun” by Chinese artist Yao Lu. From afar, Yao’s works look like Chinese landscape paintings, but closer scrutiny will detect heaps of detritus and rubble. Yao uses software to integrate photos of trash piles with elements from traditional Chinese landscape paintings. (Yao Lu)
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