Summer Streets Smellmapping Astor Place, NYC
Odours and opinions are the key components of a smellscape map, and New York has both in abundance.
Primary smell research, conducted via human sniffs, was gleaned from the noses of Summer Streets employees and Village Alliance during April, May and June 2017 resulting in a labelled Smellmap of the neighborhood.
In August 2017 installation visitors undertook smellwalks and were asked to superimpose their “smellervations” on top of the printed map in the form of graffiti.
Resulting layering of smells onto the map renders the smellscape as a dynamic and contested airspace.
2017 – “New York Department of Transportation: Summer Streets Project”, outdoor location at Astor Place, Manhattan over three weekends in August. On average 80,000 visitors per day.
Emily Colascco on behalf of New York Department of Transportation: Summer Streets 2017
NYC DOT Art team, Village Alliance, Miriam Songster, Kirsten Magnani, Casey Otremba, Mair Salts, Phil Anthony