Of all the things in the world, we’d certainly debate an artificial light possessing the capacity to evade and clean the coronavirus. However, thinking otherwise is Dutch Artist Daan Roosegaarde. Called ‘Urban Sun,’ the installation created by his studio apparently harnesses far-ultraviolet light to inactivate airborne coronaviruses in open-air spaces.
Commenting on it, the Dutch designer and contemporary artist stated, “It started with the realization that something physically so small as the virus is having such a huge impact on our lives,” he further added, “Suddenly our world is filled with plastic barriers and distance stickers. We’re afraid to shake each other’s hands, and family is reduced to pixels on a computer screen. Let’s be the architects of our new normal and create better places to meet and interact.”
Roosegaarde claims that the lamp can sanitize the cone of air beneath it in as little as two minutes, dependent on factors including height. It can further make any place 99.9 percent virus-free depending on the weather and location and is fit for installation in locations such as train stations, schools, and public squares safer.
Created with an aim is to make public gatherings possible for the first time since Covid-19 became a global epidemic, glimpses of the urban sunlight are available on StudioRoosegaarde.net.