They say smell is the sense most closely tied to memory. I remember going to the lavender farm once – it was delightful. Apart from them having lavender everything – including soaps and cookies – it was attached to a winery, so there is a fair amount of testing that went on as well. There was one thing that sticks out as “missing from the experience” though: Donald Trump.
Thanks to New York artist, this problem is solved.
Beneath the streets of Manhattan, artist Martin Roth, has wallpapered a small room with nature scenery, and planted hundreds of lavender plants. Overhead, fluorescent lights have been installed, and run on the re-tweets of Trump’s Twitter account, as well as a handful of associated accounts.
Trump tweets, and the lights come on. As people re-tweet his message, the intensity of the lighting grows.
Roth says there is a heightened anxiety in our culture under President Trump. “The pace and tenor of the current political discourse, blasted out through social media 24/7 without respite, affects our psyche in a profound way,” Roth says. So the art? Use the machine that creates a culture of anxiety and fear to cultivate a plant synonymous with calm and serenity (in a dark room beneath the streets of the busiest city in America.)
I think about how this concept could be applied to my life – or yours – What habits do you have that could power enough lights to grow a lavender plant in the dark?