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Petrichor

Lisa Van Casand

Petrichor

2022

perfume in gold-coloured ampoule

1 x 1 x 1 cm

status:

Returned

The perfume, locked in a gold-coloured ampoule, will serve as a memory of life on our planet. A reminder of home. It can be snapped open once, to transport you back to earth in a second.

Voyager Space
Nanoracks LLC
Moon Gallery Foundation

During a rainfall, an earthy smell known as petrichor permeates the air. The smell comes from a yellowish oil trapped in the rocks and soil. As rain soaks the dry earth, botanical molecules are freed, volatile essential oils rise to the surface and are carried by the wind across the ground.


This earth perfume is created by a symphony of bacteria, chemical compounds and natural phenomena. These elements, responsible for the odor, exist on every continent and our human noses have evolved to be extremely sensitive to this particular smell.


The perfume, locked in a gold-coloured ampoule, will serve as a memory of life on our planet. A reminder of home. It can be snapped open once, to transport you back to earth in a second.

Technical information

artist

Lisa Van Casand

title

Petrichor

date

2022

this work is part of the following collection

Moon Gallery

medium

perfume in gold-coloured ampoule

dimensions

1 x 1 x 1 cm

genre

Sculpture

IAAA art style

Launch

launch date

19 Feb 2022

launch  vehicle

Antares 230+ / NG-17 Cygnus resupply mission

Orbit

host 

International Space Station

location

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

launch location

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Return

return date

11 January 2023

return vehicle

SpaceX Dragon 2

status

Returned

launch vehicle COSPAR id

2022-015B

partners

Voyager Space
Nanoracks LLC
Moon Gallery Foundation

Artist

Lisa Van Casand

Photographer, artist

The Netherlands

Collection

Moon Gallery

2022

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