Belgian artist creates Covid free portable bubble using aromatic plants

Peony Hirwani
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<p>Belgian artist Alain Verschueren wears his “Portable Oasis”</p> (REUTERS)

Belgian artist Alain Verschueren wears his “Portable Oasis”

(REUTERS)

Belgium artist Alain Verschueren has created a Covid-free bubble called “Portable Oasis” that can be worn in place of a face covering during the pandemic.

The Oasis is a “plexiglass mini-greenhouse” that rests on the shoulder, covering the user in “a bubble of purified air by the aromatic herbs and plants inside.”

The 61-year-old artist developed the idea 15 years ago and it has recently gained attention due to the pandemic.

Verschueren, who has asthma and finds breathing through a face mask difficult, said: “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.

“As time went by, I noticed that people were coming up to me and talking to me. This isolation became much more a way of connecting.”

Onlookers were surprised after looking at the artist roaming in a pod full of rosemary, lavender, and thyme.

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One person wrote on Twitter: “This made me laugh so hard for about five minutes and now I can finally retweet it. It sure puts a new twist on spending time in your garden!! I’d fill it with herbs.”

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“Get it. Love this guy. He’s combined Happy 420 with Happy Earth Day 2021 and we’re all better for it,” wrote film director Emma Tattenbaum-Fine.

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