Small Talk

‘Smellmaps’ Engage Noses in Urban Exploration

British designer and artist Kate McLean specializes in creating maps of world cities using the senses of taste and, importantly, scent. Part of the reason, she explains, is that, with memory so closely linked to smell, our scent-souvenirs of a city will last longer than a visual mental image. Sadie Stein of The Paris Review tells us about Ms. McLean's project - including what might be the smelliest block in New York City.

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