Petrichor – Sculpture by Addé 2018
Humans have invented many forms of sensorial stimulation, some quite elementary, others far more sophisticated.
Following the example of Wilbur Scoville who invented a scale for the measurement of pungency, we can imagine creating scales for each sensorial stimulus, yet there would be no evaluation of what a stimulus, beyond sensation, is bringing in terms of emotion.
Among those, nature is giving us strong feelings such as the hushed silence of the snow, the pink frequencies of the sea waves, and this peculiar ethereal scent, almost a perfume, of the ground after the rain.
The term was coined by two researchers, Isabel Joy Bear and Richard G. Thomas in 1964 : Petricor.
Can a sculpture evoke a scent ?