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The Stink Is On!

July 5, 2009


July fourth the Titan opened its spathe spreading out a magnificent purple mantle -a grand landing platform fit for ten thousand flies… if  back home in Sumatra! As it is, San Francisco’s Sunset District seems to have very few, a disappointment to the orb weaver spider overhead. Beginning between 2:15  and 2:30 PM, full opening was reached by 9:30 PM. The stench is overwhelming, asphyxiating, ghastly, yet the structure, elegant and darkly sensuous. I wish I had a picture to post! Please, anyone who stopped by on the 4th, send me one if you can. We have disabled the fans and are keeping the doors closed as the Titan pumps out wave after wave  of noxious vapors heavy with putrescine and cadaverine -both toxic in large doses. We will ask people to enter in small groups during today’s viewings (from 10 AM to 1 PM and 2 to 6 PM) with the doors kept closed as much as possible so that all who wish may experience the odor at full intensity.


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