Cecilia Bembibre and Matija Strlič remember how it smells to enter the library of Dean and Chapter.
The library is nestled above the main floor of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, tucked away behind the southwest tower. Coming through the long stone corridors of the cathedral, a visitor is met with a tall wooden door, usually kept closed. The outside world might be full of the smell of fumes from central London’s busy roads or the incense that wafts through the church, but once you open that door, a different smell envelops you. It’s woody, musty, and a little bit familiar.
“It is a combination of paper, leather, wood ... and time,” said the pair.