Author of the flag:
PLATO raised its first smog flag in September 2019.
Since October 2021 we offer the flag to everyone interested.
PLATO raises smog flag when the level of pollutants in Ostrava air exceeds a certain limit (i.e. when the air quality index reaches level 3). You can join, too, either as an individual or an institution. The smog flag was made for Plato and others by artist Marius Konvoj.
For whom it is:
individuals, clubs, cafés, institutions, schools
How to get your flag:
Small format of this useful art work can be bought in PLATO FOR 321 Kč, or can be downloaded (link below) and printed.
Medium and large format available upon request only.
small 0,2 × 0,3 m
medium 0,35 × 0,6 m
large (the format of state flag) 1 × 1,65 m
Flags are made of recycled material (with the approval of the artist Marge Monko we used her artwork Pure Weakness)
Smog Flag is a slightly activist project requesting a certain engagement from the participants.
How and when to raise the Smog Flag:
Handbook for individuals
Handbook for partner institutions
Smog is one of the many consequences of the short-sighted actions of our civilisation.
In 2019 PLATO initiated the first smog flag, which we raise since when the concentration of pollutants in Ostrava air exceeds the “normal” limit (i.e. when the air quality index reaches level 3). By this intervention we joined the Global Climate Strike. Together we wanted to point out that we demand politicians to act towards the fastest action possible preventing further worsening of the climate crisis. We view its solution on national and local (city) level as slow and insufficient. We support the declaration of Prague cultural institutions related to the climate emergency declaration in Prague.
Marius Konvoj (in proper name Pavel Pernický) is an artist, teacher and musician. Lately, he focuses on the project neoego act. He uses his Instagram profile of the same name to post once a week his distinctive graphics, thus voicing his opinion on present-day economic, ecological and other social issues and problems. Pavel Pernický co-creates the music platform I love 69 Popgejů. He works and lives in Ostrava.