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Swiss hill of Singapore, a home away from home

Fresh mountain air is commodified on site but can also be compressed, bottled and sold online.

“High mountains are a feeling” [1] while smell can be a rarefied, esoteric experience.

Is our vocabulary able to describe the fifth sense?

Tigers no longer infest Bukit Timah. Wilderness has been contained.

Different names once referred to those slopes: Hill of the Temak Trees, High Hill, Ghost Hill, or even Monte

Rosa. [2] Collective heritage is curated. Memory is edited.

Side narratives. Shifted geographies. Forgotten layers of time have rendered the landscape.

A place where “the grass was greener, the light was brighter, when friends surrounded”. [3]

Land has been claimed and forms have been infused with a different identity.

The smell of a place. Crisp and humid.

Memory and imagination as smell.


[1] Lord Byron Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (Canto 3, stanza 72)

[2] Monte Rosa is the second highest mountain in the Alps (Western Europe)

[3] Pink Floyd, High Hopes, in The Division Bell albuS

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A research project and a scent created in August 2018 in Singapore

With the support of LASALLE and Givaudan