Kate McLean (British, born 1965); Scents created by Gregoire Haussan, IFF (Hilversum, Netherlands); Digital prints, scent; Maps courtesy of Kate McLean; Scents courtesy of IFF, New York

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0207, SmellMap: Amsterdam, 2013–14

In two simplified maps of the city of Amsterdam, lines of color ripple around various points. The first map includes looping lines of text describing such smell impressions as "leafy fresh rain" and "nice winter afternoons." The second map only has colored lines. Kate McLean led walks through Amsterdam with local residents, who identified 650 smell impressions. McLean selected eleven scents to represent Amsterdam. Since smell sources are transient, the maps are plotted in a speculative manner.

Kate McLean (British, born 1965); Scents created by Gregoire Haussan, IFF (Hilversum, Netherlands); Digital prints, scent; Maps courtesy of Kate McLean; Scents courtesy of IFF, New York

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