Little Trees Mural
by The Institute for Art and Olfaction
May, 2015: 6th Street Mural at The Standard, Downtown LA
July/August, 2015: The Institute for Art and Olfaction, Chinatown LA
When The Standard asked the IAO to create an aromatic public art piece on their 6th Street Mural, an idea proposed by board member Adolfo V. Nodal sprang to mind: Why not work with the scents that people use everyday, and create a mural entirely of air fresheners?
Since L.A. is a driving city, and since the 6th Street Mural is adjacent to a major downtown thoroughfare, the mural would pay homage to the interior spaces Angelenos inhabit on a daily basis- namely, their cars.
The mural was installed in May 2015, and was composed of approximately 1,500 Litte Trees air fresheners in a gradient pattern that is designed to create an olfactory journey – from Vanillaroma to Margarita to Sunberry Cooler.
The Little Trees themselves were generously provided by Car-Freshner Corporation.
The mural was torn down by passers-by within one week of installation. We reinstalled it at the IAO, behind glass windows.
The Standard, Downtown LA
Check out the photos of the installation here
INSTALLATION AT THE STANDARD, DOWNTOWN LA (MAY 2015)
INSTALLATION AT IAO (JULY/AUGUST 2015)
MORE ABOUT THE 6TH STREET MURAL
The 6th Street Mural is a forty foot by eight foot public art space, located on a major public thoroughfare adjacent to the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The wall is an invitation-only space for artists to create public work, often commentaries on the urban environment. Learn more about the mural – and past artists – here.