Scent of the Trail

Scent of the Trails featured a series of custom-distilled and blended aromatic compounds sourced from the Regional Trail System, King County, WA. Over the course of a summer, I gathered materials (from plants and berries to horse manure and moss) that scented the nearly 200 miles of trails that run from the city of Seattle to the forests of Snoqualmie. I then distilled essential oils from the materials and mixed them to concoct trails-specific fragrances. Later, I returned to the trails and shared with passers-by the fragrances along with conversation about place, memory, and abstraction.

This work was created as part of Trails Project sponsored by 4Culture and King County Parks.