Bjarke Ingels wants you to help fund the world’s first smoke ring generator

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(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

As if the ski slope Bjarke Ingels placed on top of his new waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen wouldn’t already make it the most interesting power plant in the world, the Danish architect wants the building’s smokestack to puff smoke rings of carbon dioxide. Each ring will represent one ton of CO2 burned at the plant, which is being billed as the cleanest power plant on earth.

The plant under construction. (Kickstarter)

Creating the world’s first steam ring generator will be pretty tricky, but Ingels believes that with a crack team of combustion engineers and legitimate rocket scientists, and $15,000, he can prove that it’s possible. As for the money thing, the starchitect, who recently purchased a $4 million penthouse in Brooklyn, would love for you to pitch in.

(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

Ingels has launched a $15,000 Kickstarter campaign to construct a third and final prototype of the smoke ring generator. Two smaller prototypes already proved to be pretty successful, so it’s looking like Ingels and his team might actually pull this thing off. BIG is collaborating on this project with Peter Madsen’s Rumlaboratorium and the Danish Technical University.

(Courtesy BIG, Rumlaboratorium, and the Danish Technical University)

(Courtesy BIG, Rumlaboratorium, and the Danish Technical University)

“By sweeping nothing under the carpet, but rather projecting our carbon footprint onto the Copenhagen sky, we provide every single citizen intuitive information to help them inform the decisions they make for their lives and for the city that they want to live in,” said BIG on the Kickstarter page.

If all goes according to to plan, carbon dioxide smoke rings should be drifting over the Copenhagen sky in 2017.

(Courtesy BIG, Rumlaboratorium, and the Danish Technical University)

(Courtesy BIG, Rumlaboratorium, and the Danish Technical University)

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