Resurrecting the Sublime, 2018-19
This project approximates the smell of an extinct flower. Researchers extracted DNA sequences from historic samples of the extinct flower and inserted the sequences into yeast cells, cultured them, and extracted molecules to approximate the flower’s scent. The project raises probing questions about the implications of loss, centered on the sensory experience of extinction. Stand under the hood (to your right) to smell the released scent.
It is credited
Courtesy of the designers.
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.