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‘Scents of Conditions’ are a serie of three different scented smoke benches realised by Peter de Cupere in 2017.
Through a series of delicate mechanisms created by the artist, each of these three benches envelopes the unsuspecting visitor that takes a seat with the scent of a particular condition accompanied by smoke.
The first bench, made of wood, gives off the scent of unadulterated nature comprised of notes of grass, wood and flowers. This is inspired by De Cupere’s nostalgia of a time when one could easily access a far less polluted nature than what those inhabiting urban spaces typically experience nowadays.
The second bench – made from stone – exhausts fumes of industrial pollution. This bench presents a stark juxtaposition to the delicate setting of a Venetian garden, stirring an immediate reaction to an urgent matter.
The final bench is white and surrounds the unsuspecting visitor in a cloud of smell commonly associated with human bodies that have only recently lost life. The scent of death is precisely created for its emotional potency and the profound effect it has on those present.
This video shows Peter on one of the benches:
It’s amazing how productive one person can be! There are so many projects from Peter that are relevant for the smell art scene!