Dust Art – What Does The Dust Inside Your House Say About You?

When thinking about pollution, most people think of the environment and outdoor pollution. But what about the pollution inside our homes? To research this so-called ‘invironment’, the Electrolux Invironment Project vacuumed the homes of people in seven different cities around the world and analyzed the collected dust. The results of the project show that your location is reflected by the dust in your house.

The houses in Tapei, for instance, had particles of iron rich gypsum, which is used to produce Chinese-style tofu, and in Los Angeles traces of marine organisms were found. The dust in your house also says a lot about your lifestyle. For example, if you play tennis, there will be more traces of grass or clay, and when you’re focused on hygiene, there will be more zeolite particles from washing powder.

As interesting as these findings are, the coolest part of the project is the ‘dust art.’ When the scientists magnified the dust particles, they saw beautiful shapes and patterns. By making the invisible visible, they produced fascinating abstract art.

Dust Art Stockholm: Plant residues with iron rich clay

Stockholm: Plant residues with iron rich clay

Dust Art  Stockholm: Fluff dust and carbone mineral

Stockholm: Fluff dust and carbone mineral

Dust Art Stockholm: Gypsum crystals

Stockholm: Gypsum crystals

Dust Art Singapore: Rust II

Singapore: Rust II

Dust Art Taipei: Iron rust

Taipei: Iron rust

Dust Art Stockholm: Magnesium and carbonate mineral

Stockholm: Magnesium and carbonate mineral

Dust Art Seoul: Plant grain I

Seoul: Plant grain I

Dust Art Singapore: Rust possibly soot

Singapore: Rust possibly soot

Dust Art Sao Paolo: Iron tailing II

Sao Paolo: Iron tailing II

Dust Art Paris: Fluff dust with old paint

Paris: Fluff dust with old paint

Dust Art Los Angeles: Wood residue

Los Angeles: Wood residue

Dust Art Paris: Mineral dust with old paint

Paris: Mineral dust with old paint

Dust Art Seoul: Plant grain I

Seoul: Plant grain I

Dust Art Los Angeles: Plant residue with sand

Los Angeles: Plant residue with sand

Dust Art Paris: Concrete powder with iron rust

Paris: Concrete powder with iron rust

Dust Art Los Angeles: Bacteria on gypsum

Los Angeles: Bacteria on gypsum

Dust Art Taipei: Rust

Taipei: Rust

Dust Art Stockholm: Zeolite crystals

Stockholm: Zeolite crystals

Dust Art Stockholm: Silicate mineral

Stockholm: Silicate mineral

Dust Art Taipei: Microorganism

Taipei: Microorganism

To find out more about the project, visit the Invironment Project website. To see more Dust Art, check out the project’s Tumblr or Pinterest galleries.




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