Our Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum) Wallpaper mask features “Stinky” in his Denver Botanic Garden habitat. A corpse flower in captivity takes 7-10 years to bloom the first time and is unpredictable thereafter. Thus, we felt quite privileged to join the long lines to smell the garbagy, putrefying smell in 2018. I wrote about that bitter-sweet-stinky experience in “Corpse Flower Revisited, Briefly in Bloom at the Denver Botanic Gardens.”
Alabaster Rhumb took the photo of Stinky and designed our Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum) Wallpaper mask . He is Aromatica Poetica’s art director—if you like the way we look, it’s all thanks to him.
Those who’ve been around Aromatica Poetica know that I have been obsessed with Amorphophallus titanum (aka Titan arum), the giant night-blooming plant who attracts meat and carrion-eating pollinators (hence the nasty smell), for some time. I first wrote about it’s strange life cycle for Quail Bell Magazine, which we later reprinted as “The Corpse Flower & Goethe, Dying Into Being.”
It seems to me that the image of the corpse flower and its attendant reminders of noxious air and the fragility of life—they are only in bloom for about twelve to 24 hours—would be a wonderful way to say we at Aromatica Poetica believe, with the CDC and data-driven science, in the power of mask-wearing to limit the spread of COVID-19.
These masks are made to order by Society6, and are two-layered with a pouch for a filter insert. I discovered Society6 through the newsletter Brainpickings by Maria Popova, who has a series of masks, including the Total solar eclipse by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot (1878) Face Mask, which got me hooked on arts & science statement masks.
If you like what we do here at Aromatica Poetica, please consider giving us a small monetary boost by purchasing our Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus Titanum) Wallpaper Mask!
Aromatica Poetica Founding Editor