“Enthralling…really takes you somewhere…really makes you think.”

The Scentinel, AiX Scent Fair, Hammer Museum

“A frightening look at the future of a wild and beautiful part of the world.”

Dr Ellen Covey, Ca Fleure Bon

Century’s Breath is a live artwork and installation of olfactory landscapes from the future, designed by community, in commemoration of the Climate Century. Created in response to the site of LeFevre Peninsula, South Australia, known in the language of traditional custodians, the Kaurna people, as Mudlhannga, the nose place.

In this series of fleeting monuments to time and place are the building blocks of a chemistry that affects us all – our visions for the future. From the sulphuric shroud of mangroves, to the breath of a new species, together we describe the first, the last, the lost and the gained breaths of a century.

Winner of the Golden Pear, Sadakichi Art and Olfaction Award 2016, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

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Commissioned by Vitalstatistix for Climate Century and presented at SA Maritime Museum 12 November – 13 December 2015.

Climate Century (2014-2018) invites artists to respond to the provocation: how will we commemorate and memorialise the climate century? Artworks that respond to the coastal and river environs of Port Adelaide and the LeFevre Peninsula are informed by the insight and foresight of local environmentalists, and conjure surprising, intriguing and beautiful interpretations of climate change that range from the melancholic to the utopian. Visual, sound and live artworks are presented alongside a month of public events and talks. The creative team includes Sasha Grbich, Lindl Lawton, Kristin Alford, Emma Webb, Cat Jones, Prudence Gibson, Julie Henderson, Matthew Bradley, Sundari Carmody, Tristan Louth-Robins and Tristan Meecham.

Installation view, Century's Breath, Sense It Feel It, Sydney Opera House 2018 © Cat Jones

Installation view, Century's Breath by Cat Jones, Sydney Opera House. Image copyright 2018 Prudence Upton.

Century's Breath, Sense It Feel It, Sydney Opera House, 2018 © Prudence Upton

Anthology Century’s Breath – LeFevre Peninsula

Anthology Century’s Breath – Los Angeles


“Subtle, complex. A sense of deep emotion. You need to wear responsibility, you have to own it. It’s personal it has weight and layers to it – as does the scent.” (Responsibility)

“Disgusting, revolting, I love it!” (Western Sour)

“Rich, deep, beautiful, evocative, emotional, passionate. It gets to the heart of the matter.” (Red Autumn)

Visitors, Century’s Breath


Commissioned for Climate Century by Vitalstatistix.

Cultural permissions for place name and translation references given by Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi, Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi.

Prior research supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and The Institute of Art and Olfaction, Los Angeles.

Special thanks to curators Emma Webb and Sasha Grbich; Emma O’Neill, Ollie Black, Barbery O’Brien, Proximity Festival, Helen Cole, Jen Jamieson, Anna Dunhill, Loren Kronemyer and  Saskia Wilson-Brown.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.