Are you one of those people who loves the smell of old books (I admit, I am)? Then, like me, you will probably love this ongoing performance work by artist Rachael Morrison who is dutifully smelling each book in the vast MoMA collection (approx. 300,000, in fact), in addition to keeping a detailed log of each book sniffed.
As you can well imagine, the librarian in me loves the whole idea of this project. Possibly my favourite part? Her detailed chart (above) chronicling the specific parfum of each tome. My favourites among her name choices for odours sniffed include: "Hugging an elderly relative", "late summer rain" and "old wooden furniture."
Check out more details on "Smelling the Books" (as well as her other projects) here.