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Public Smog is a clean-air park in the atmosphere that fluctuates in location and scale. The park is constructed through financial, legal, or political activities that create it. Previous activities to create Public Smog include micro-trades in the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), as well as an attempt to submit the earth’s atmosphere for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Public Smog is subject to prevailing winds, and the long-range transport of aerosols and gases.

about Amy Balkin

Amy Balkin's recent work is concerned with how humans create, interact with, and impact the social and material landscapes we inhabit. Her projects include This is the Public Domain, an ongoing effort to create a permanent international commons from 2.64 acres of land located near Tehachapi, CA, via legal transfer to the global public (

Her other projects include Invisible-5 (2006), an environmental justice audio tour along the I-5 freeway corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles (available for free download at Invisible-5 was created in collaboration with Kim Stringfellow, Tim Halbur, Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice, and Pond: art, activism & ideas.

Publications include LAND, ART: A Cultural Ecology Handbook (2006), Metropolis Magazine (2006), Mute Magazine (2007), and La Ville, Le Jardin, La Memoire (2000). She received an MFA in New Genres from Stanford University in 2003, and is a 2007 recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.

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