Fossa Olfactoria manifests smell as both an olfactory and tactile experience. While scent is oft unexplored or completely omitted from serious discussions of architecture, scent and odor shape experience, occupancy, and comfort in powerful ways.
This installation brings the viewer into the epicenter of olfactory experience - the spatial cavity where the olfactory bulb is located - playing on notions of scale, phenomena, and bodily experience. An immersive, fleshy fabric membrane obscures an undulating massing of one thousand balloons.
The balloons act as both sculptors of space and vessels of scent. Each balloon contains a drop of lavender oil which is released into the air as the balloons deflate, producing a pulsing wall that diffuses scent gradually.
Collaboration with Katie MacDonald at the Kirkland Gallery, Harvard Graduate School of Design,