Venice – An exhibition hosted by the Australian Pavilion examines the notion of the swimming pool as a symbol of unity.
The exhibition, which is open until November 2016, examines the role of the public pool as a social leveller, and, as children swam alongside journalists, softened the festival’s air of formality.
The multi-sensory experience features scents designed by artists Tony Perkins and Lyn Balzer that are designed to evoke memories of swimming pools.
The scents were produced by a French perfumer who was provided with a series of images of landscapes and instructed to imagine what each location might smell like.
‘L’Obscurite expresses the scent of black volcanic rocks warming up in the sun by the sea, while L’Etrangete expresses the scent of sunlight through leaves by a waterfall in our local rainforest,’ says Balzer.