While public Â artwork is no new sight in manyÂ streets across the globe, Londoners were spotted looking back twice at the strange new sculpture on London’s Millennium bridge yesterday.
The giant nose sculpture was placed over the Thames river in London to commemorate ‘The Great Stink’ of 1958.
It became known as ‘The Great Stink’ Â due to the smell of untreated human waste, which was so strong that summer, it led the British government to pass a Act of Parliament in a bid to clean up the capital.
The tribute was put in place by the London Dungeon organisation to coincide with its new ‘Stinky Summer’ event which features scratch and sniff tours.
‘Smell is interwoven into the history of the city and until relatively recently London was an unpleasantly smelly place,’ explained London Dungeon manager, Ben Sweet.
‘The stench during the Great Stink was so vile that the curtains in the House of Commons were soaked in chloride of lime in a vain attempt to protect the sensitivities of MPs.’
He added and said that events happening for the “Stinky Summer”, including the odd nose sculpture ,is to take Londoners and tourists back in time, to give them Â ’…a small whiff of the pongs of the past.’