Scent Sculpture, Permanent Installation

Group Project with Lim Hong Sheng

Collaboration with NTU Museum 



Verb (used with object)

to perceive the odor or scent of through the nose by means of the olfactory nerves; inhale the odor of

to perceive, detect, or discover by shrewdness or sagacity

The theme for a permanent installation within NTU takes us to explore the sense of smell.


The sense of smell is an interesting notion that is discovered, though perhaps underdeveloped. It is primitive – for, in the presence of smell, smell molecules will always trigger. Yet it is subsidiary – due to nature of the other more overpowering senses.

Reminiscent is a wooden installation that emits smell through its natural scent. It explores the notion of smell being a primitive, yet subjective sense to a human being. By amplifying smell as the defining element in our installation, we aim to allow the NTU students a point for reminiscing about their journey in NTU through the sense of smell, an experience that is unique to each individual.

The use of untreated natural cypress wood allows the natural scent of the cypress wood to actively diffuse to the surroundings. Yet, it is exposed – to the rain, to the moisture, to the touch of people. Over time, these factors will constitute a change in the smell and form of the installation that is only unique to NTU. Much like the people of NTU, Reminiscent is in itself a journey that evolves.

Reminiscent Poster

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