Thursday, May 8, 2008
The Museum of Impossible Smells
(Above: Le medecin de la peste--a medieval plague doctor. The bizarre bird-like masks held a variety of fragrant herbs, which were believed to ward off the Black Death.)
Ever wondered what a meteor impact smells like? How about Cleopatra's hair? Or the surface of the sun? Well if you're going to be in England this summer, you can find out!
In what I believe may be the MOST AMAZING exhibit of all time, the Reg Vardy Gallery at the University of Sunderland has brought together fourteen of the rarest, most unusual odors for your sniffing pleasure. (Sorry, no Sharpies.) You can sample the fragrances of plants and flowers that have been extinct for hundreds of years--or you can fill your nostrils with the stench of a burnt Soviet space station or the first aid kit of a medieval plague doctor.
Please--I BEG YOU--bring this exhibit to New York!
Read more here and here.