Artist Lisa Kirk has launched Revolution, a fragrance created with perfumer Patricia Choux in 2008 for the conceptual art piece Revolution Pipe Bomb:
Through research gathered from interviews with anonymous journalists, activists, and political radicals, Kirk developed the Revolution fragrance based on their memories of the smell of revolution. The final solution contains the odor of smoke, gasoline, tear gas, burnt rubber, and decaying flesh.
This year, with the help of Ulrich Lang, Kirk has created a unisex commercial version of the fragrance, which is now sold at the No. 8a store at the Ace Hotel in New York City, 12 ml for $50. Their description:
Revolution is more of an art piece than a perfume. It contains, among other scents, the smell of smoke, tear gas, and gasoline, and acts as an olfactory critique on contemporary luxury branding and political im/possibilities. Surprisingly, it smells really good.
(via press release; additional information via lisakirkprojects, second quote via blog.acehotel)
See also: Revolution! storefront installation at 1133 Broadway, curated by Ulrich Lang and running through 6/1.