The Atlantic Cities: Now You Can Experience the Nasty Stench of Cities Throughout History
Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Laura Braun
David Gissen and Irene Cheng, the exhibit's architectural-historian curators from the California College of the Arts, searched far and wide to amass this surreal collection of odors. They tapped into the collections of rock-star perfumers like Laudamiel – who fabricated "Paris 1738" using "cassis note for urine, and [pyrazine] molecules for the other sewage effects" – and solicited tips from odor-obsessed writers like Chandler Burr, the one-time perfume critic forThe New York Times. Gissen and Cheng hope their show will provoke visitors into considering how a place's smells change over time, and in fact sometimes push that very change forward.