History: cannon 7 - SIGA nº 015912
This cannon, manufactured in Holland, was ordered by the Portuguese crown for the defense of the Brazilian coast. Its fish-like handles, like those of Cannon 6, show that it, too, could have been used on boats, as it was a tradition to decorate cannons according to the environment in which they would be used.
The bronze used in its composition reinforces this hypothesis,
as bronze is extremely resistant to weather and sea air.
This cannon supposedly equipped one of the forts on Ilha Grande in Rio de Janeiro in the 19th century. Most of the fortifications were built along the sea, since at the time, the most common means of transportation were ships and caravels. As a result, during the colonization of Brazil, a veritable cordon of forts was built facing the sea at strategic points to protect the territory from enemies.
If the sea was formerly the main channel of transit, today it can be considered a global outlet of debris, garbage and sewage.
In 2019, an oil spill off the Brazilian coast reached more than 160 beaches, ranging from the northeast to the southeast, in just eight days after the accident. This is considered the biggest environmental tragedy caused by an oil spill in the history of Brazil. The authorities have still not been able to identify the person responsible or to quantify the amount of marine fauna and flora devastated by the oil.
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This smell is not simply about ocean breezes; it seeks contextualization, both of the sailors' lives, on their journeys for months adrift, and of the pollutants that today pervade this realm. It has a harsh chord that brings out the ozone and salty scent of the ocean.
The raw material highlighted is Laminaria digitata seaweed, an algae from the Brittany region of France, with its natural salty odor and nuances of leather and moss.
An exclusive captive of Givaudan, it is used in perfumery in very homeopathic doses to suggest marine freshness and naturalness. But in this instance, we deploy an overdose of the ingredient, causing the striking and disruptive intensity of the ozone accord.
Before the time of colonization, the oceans were fresh and clear. Here we add animalic, crysilic and fetid notes, such as civet, to invoke the pollutants that today contaminate these waters.