Alain Verschueren, a Belgian artist and social worker, has been strolling through the capital Brussels wearing, what he calls a ‘portable oasis’.
Wearing a face mask without a break from the past two years, following the outbreak of the coronavirus-led pandemic has been ‘breath taking’ for many. But this man in Brussels came up with a creatively insane alternative that makes his face feel calm even amidst the chaos.
Alain Verschueren, a Belgian artist and social worker, has been strolling through the capital Brussels wearing, what he calls a ‘portable oasis’. It is essentially a plexiglass mini-greenhouse surrounding his head filled with aromatic plants inside.
The 61-year-old Belgian artist developed the idea 15 years ago, inspired by the lush oases in Tunisia where he had previously worked. And in the pandemic, he was inspired to revisit the idea.
“An Oasis is a place of calm tranquillity, coolness and well-being in a desert. Here, the fact of having an oasis containing medicinal plants means I am also protecting myself from harm coming from the outside,” Verschueren said in an interview.
“It was about creating a bubble in which I could lock myself in, to cut off a world that I find too dull, too noisy, or smelly,” Verschueren said. He also added that he suffers from asthma and with this around his head, he finds it easier to breathe and would choose this over a mask any day.
This man is wearing a ‘portable oasis’ around his head instead of a face mask 🌿 pic.twitter.com/Zjg4Yi6Uta
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Verschueren said he hoped to motivate people to take better care of our planet, to reduce the need to protect ourselves from air and noise pollution.
However, although he has been wearing it since 2019, not many seem to have the confidence like him to wear it in public.
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