Klein Geurenherbarium / Small Herbarium of Scents

A research on scents in an area in Amsterdam-West led to the collection of odorous plants. These plants are smelling, stinking or they lost their scent. Exhaust fumes, the smell of dog poo and urine are highly concentrated in certain areas. But more exuberant, convincing and defining the area's atmosphere are the plants, the wild plants in particular. They make a place recognisable with their scent, handing out 'scent-stamps' to a street, and in that way are indispensable to feeling at home in a neighbourhood. The herbarium contains detailled scent descriptions of plants in the area.

2010 / DS Landschapsarchitecten Veemvloer, A'dam, NL

Some translated excerpts from the descriptions:

Lonerica - ... in your body and remains softly swaying around the hip, she is laden, sweet en nagging, demanding your attention, leaving no room for others...

Geranium robertianum L. - Having conquered this initial rigidity it starts to fascinate me; a very changeable scent...

Carduus crispus - ... sweet, heavy, a scent that maps my nose in a microscopic way, swelling my nose, and taking it, completely...

Juncus compressus - It is strange to smell this so elaborately, it feels like doing something you're not supposed to...