History cannon 7 | 015912
This cannon was manufactured in Netherlands as a request from the Portuguese crown to defend the Brazilian coast. Its handles in the shape of rattlesnakes similar to a fish demonstrates that it could have been used in ships, since it was a tradition to ornament cannons according to their use. The use of bronze in its composition shows its resistance to weather and sea breeze.
This cannon is supposed to have equipped one of Ilha Grande's forts in Rio de Janeiro in the 17th century. Most of the fortifications were built by the sea, the main access and the most used means
of locomotion at the time. During the process of colonization of Brazilian land, a cordon of forts was built at strategic points overlooking the ocean in order to protect the territory from enemies.
If before, the sea was the main channel of transportation, today
it can be considered a major global outlet for debris. In 2019 there was an oil spill on the Brazilian coast that reached more than 160 beaches in 8 days. Until today, the authorities have not been able to find the responsible individuals and measure the amount of marine fauna and flora harmed by the oil spill.
This smell is not just about the ocean breeze, but the contextualization of sailors' lives on their journeys for months adrift and the pollutants that exist today. The chord harshly brings out the ozone and salty scent of the ocean.
The raw material highlighted is Laminaria Seaweed, an algae from the Brittany region, in France, with a natural salty odor and nuances of leather and moss. An exclusive captive of Givaudan that in perfumery is used in very homeopathic doses to bring marine freshness, naturalness to the ozone accord but in this representation we have an overdose of the ingredient to cause the striking and disruptive intensity of the accord.
The ocean, which at the time of colonization was fresh and clear, today we put animalic, crysilic and fetid notes like the civet in reference to the pollutants that contaminate the waters of the oceans.
That is the cannon’s history and the reasons
it is associated with the smell Ocean in cannon #7.
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