A tram smelling of freshly cut grass drove one week long through
the city of Erfurt. The art project, which was developed in conjunction
with the Erfurt Transportation Services (EVAG), took place from
13 to 17 September 1999. It was part of an exhibition of the glass
art department held at Kulturhof "Zum Güldenen Krönbacken"
Giving the interior of the tram a specific odour should lead to
an unusual, puzzling or maybe mind-expanding experience for the
passengers. The fragrance was applied by placing 17 scent boxes
on various hidden locations throughout the carriage. Due to constant
fresh air supply through open tilting windows and the opening and
closing of the doors at stops every 2-3 minutes a homogeneous distribution
was achieved. Labels placed at the doors and in the tram interior
were used as additional referrers to inform the passengers about
of the location
First project sketch,
spring 1999 (pdf file)
published in "immer",
a catalogue issued by the glass art department (ISBN 3-86019-021-0)
Problems when viewing the pdf document?
The event was documented by interviewing passengers, questioning
primarily the perception matrix. Any questions about the art context
of the event were rather secondary.
Problems when listening to the audio sequences?
The execution of the project was supported kindly by the following
companies and institutions:
^ back to the top