Following the start of the coronavirus-led pandemic, we have seen a massive use of face masks in the market as they became a necessity in the midst of the crisis. As a result, we have seen companies develop unique and unusual face masks that come together on the market. However, a man in Brussels took the face mask trend to a whole new level as he wears an actual greenhouse on his face to feel calm amid all the chaos.
A ‘portable oasis’ for your face
Alain Verschueren, a Belgian artist and social worker, has been walking around the capital, Brussels, wearing what he calls a “portable oasis.” It is essentially a mini plexiglass greenhouse that surrounds your head and is filled with aromatic plants inside. It looks like the BioVYZR face shield we saw in early 2020 but with plants inside.
Verschueren, 61 developed the idea fifteen years ago, inspired by the lush oases of Tunis where he had previously worked. When Covid 19 arrived, he was inspired to review the idea.
“An Oasis is a place of calm, tranquility, freshness and well-being in a desert. Here, the fact of having an oasis with medicinal plants means that I am also protecting myself from the damage that comes from outside ”. Verschueren said.
“It was about creating a bubble that I could lock myself in, to cut through a world that I find too boring, 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.
“As time went by, I noticed people coming up to me and talking to me. This isolation became a much more connected way. “ he further added.
Now, the portable oasis obviously caught the eye when Verschueren walked the streets of Brussels. Many were confused to see a man walking with rosemary thyme and lavender plants surrounding his head.
“It really is an alternative to the mask. It is original. I don’t know what to say. It’s great, “ said Ines Houchi, an 18-year-old student from Brussels.
Verschueren said he hoped to motivate people to take better care of our planet, to reduce the need to protect ourselves from air pollution and noise. However, we all know that no one has the confidence to wear that thing in public except Verschueren, who seems to carry it exceptionally well among Belgians.
Featured image courtesy: Alain Verschueren (Instagram)
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