©/courtesy the artist/Invisible Dust 'Breathe' by Dryden Goodwin, commissioned by Invisible Dust

From the evening of Monday October 8, a video projection on the roof of St Thomas's Hospital will beam a message about London's air quality into the night. The work is 'Breathe' by artist Dryden Goodwin, who for this animation made more than 1,000 sketches of his five-year-old son inhaling and exhaling. It was commissioned by campaigning arts organisation Invisible Dust, which hooks up artists with air-quality experts to create installations that draw attention to the gunky stuff that fills Londoners' lungs. 'Breathe' is best viewed from Westminster Bridge. The location couldn't be more pertinent. This is the stretch of the Thames where Claude Monet captured his famous smoggy London skylines – he even painted from a room in St Thomas's. And while airborne dreck these days doesn't appear as an atmospheric impressionist haze, the levels of pollution we experience are similar to those suffered by Londoners more than a century ago. It's no accident either that 'Breathe' faces the Houses of Parliament, just across the Thames. Goodwin will take part in a panel discussion there, hosted by the Environmental Select Committee, on October 16 between 2 and 4pm. Tickets can be reserved by emailing

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