Commitment to nature

Of the five senses with which nature has endowed the human being to live a full life, the sense of smell is very probably the least identifiable and, at the same time, the furthest-reaching. Unlike the other senses, which are confined to spatial and temporal proximity in order to express themselves, smell transcends these coordinates that bind us, time and space. Time because smell is the maker of memory and space because it even transcends physical proximity; in other words, smell gives us freedom to be and to express ourselves.

Every smell has an association with an agreeable or disagreeable aroma perception that causes pleasure or disgust. Each smell attaches itself to an image that relates to and is profoundly rooted in memory and it is this that image that appears in consciousness when an olfactory stimulus recovers a recollection of the past, one of the most striking qualities of an aroma, which can affect us very deeply, combining as it does the immediacy of the summoning of the memory with its highly personal nature and our inability to verbalize it.

Art has the power to abstract us from our everyday consciousness, to enhance the harmony of the senses and to recall to mind our personal inner space. To do so it uses the senses: the closest, such as touch, sight, taste and hearing, and also the most far-reaching — smell. Distance is lost in the far away when we speak of a smell that makes lastingly present something that envelops us even though it is no longer there, like the perfume that greets you on arriving in a place and though its wearer can be neither seen nor heard your carrier allows you to go on perceiving their presence through their fragrance. Smell is the supremely magical sense.

Does the planet have a smell? Of course it does. Everything in life has a smell; the thing is that we human beings are so accustomed to the act of smelling that we not conscious of it. But just as we cannot stop breathing without dying, never, as long as we live, can we cease to smell.

NASEVO understands this, he has experienced it all his life, he knows that the past is linked to a fragrance and that the future will always have a smell. He has smelled so many things that for him, smelling is living. He wants to share this experience with others because he knows it will enrich their lives. To this end he proposes to set up reminders with his works in public places, parks, gardens, squares, fields, highways, attractors of our visual attention that help to make us aware of a little-recognized and even less appreciated sense such as smell. And perhaps in this way the inhabitants of this planet, remembering the past, will feel inclined to preserve the future through the act of smelling. The spirit of our civilization want to commit itself to respecting and preserving nature, in the knowledge that it is the best legacy we can pass on to our descendents.