Charybdis Picture

Charybdis is an entry for the smell fighter design competition

Charybdis is a hybrid between an ashtray and water feature which is inspired by the Greek mythology character-Charybdis or Kharybdis.

In Greek mythology, Charybdis was a sea monster, once a beautiful naiad and the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia. She takes form as a huge bladder of a creature whose face was all mouth and whose arms and legs were flippers and who swallows huge amounts of water three times a day before belching them back out again, creating whirlpools. Charybdis is just a large whirlpool rather than a sea monster. Charybdis was very loyal to her father in his endless feud with Zeus; it was she who rode the hungry tides after Poseidon had stirred up a storm, and led them onto the beaches, gobbling up whole villages, submerging fields, drowning forests, claiming them for the sea. She won so much land for her father's kingdom that Zeus became enraged and changed her into a monster.

The Charybdis acts just like the one in the Greek mythology does. It is an ashtray capable of trapping smoke of the cigarettes, then dissolve it with the vortex fountain which surrounds the ashtray.
The vortex fountain is chosen for the water feature of the Charybdis because of its capability of forming unique space - dry space in the center of the fountain, surrounded by water walls. This space character is ideal to trap the smoke of the cigarettes inside the Charybdis, preventing it from pollute the air inside the room. Then the smoke will be gradually dissolved with the flowing water wall of the vortex fountain.

Charybdis consists of several main parts:
1.Cigarettes hanger

perforated tube act as a place to put the cigarettes,
2.Vortex fountain pump
hidden at the base of Charybdis in order to
create water wall to prevent smoke from escaping, and dissolve it,
3.transparent acrylic cylinder
as a tube where water rushes through under high pressure and forms a sustained air core in the middle
4.tufted surface metal,
provide minimal contact of the burning tip of the cigarette with the wet surface in order to prevent it from being turned off unintentionally,

Charybdis is a non chemical smoke preventing device because it use only water as the solvent, without any chemical additive.Maintenance of the Charybdis can simply be done just by washing it thoroughly and changing the water every once in a while, making it an environmental friendly device.

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