"But oxygen is everywhere, of course it's free.”

"What is it you are asking us to do?”

"No thanks, I'm good.”

"What flavor is it?”

"When are you going to turn it on?”

"It's not going to stop them. Nothing ever stops them.”

"I don't feel anything.”

"I'll pass.”

"I'm good.”

"Do you talk to plants?”

"Are you married?”

"I respect you as a political operator, but I am not against development.”

"They are getting rid of all the nature.”

"It's the same as New Orleans...”

"Why do they always take the good stuff and make it bad? Why don't they take the bad stuff and make it good?”

Oxygen Bar

The oxygen bar reproduces in miniature the beneficial cleansing and refreshing effects of city green spaces on the air we breathe. It draws the link between urban land use and public health, and serves to initiate informal conversations about public participation in local planning processes.

The oxygen bar project was initially implemented in Pittsburgh to raise public awareness of the planned destruction of a large tract of forest in the city (Hays Woods*). The project was sponsored by 3 Rivers/2nd Nature (Tim Collins and Reiko Goto) and the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, and exhibited in “Groundworks” at the Regina Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, 2005.

Stainless steel, wheels, green plants, oxygen masks, flyers (fleet of 2 oxygen bars).

* for more information on Hays Woods and the Save Hays campaign: pennfuture.org