All Around Art: Providing Art for the 5 Senses

Traditionally speaking, art is meant for the pleasure of the eyes. However, as the world innovated, how we look at arts, the doors to how it actually benefits all the five senses, as well as our brain has been discovered and manifested in many ways.

Did you know that one of the latest advances of art in the present is its ability to be experienced through all five basic senses? While in most of museums, visitors can only experience the artworks by viewing them, some have been updating their art game by making sure that their exhibits have neutral smells and sounds, factors that can alter the experience significantly and enable the visitorsto focus and appreciate the artworks fully. All of the senses—sight, sound, touch, smell, and hearing—are a part of the museum experience.

Did you know that art has a lot more scientifically-proven benefits on your brain? In fact, there is a deeper reason why artworks are displayed and hanged in almost every place integral to your life—your homes, your workplace, vacant spaces, and hospitals.

More than making you feel happy, relaxed, thinking, or calm, differently themed artworks can do wonders for your mental health and overall disposition and well-being. If you think art is used in spaces as just fillers and decorations, you might be surprised that it’s a lot more than that. In fact, many studies have proven the correlation between the impacts of artworks and their effects on productivity, relaxation, de-stressing, and even healing from health issues. What more if you can experience art through all your five senses?

Art for Sight

Of course, this is the most common form of art—visual, traditional art that are usually found in galleries, museums, and art collections. However, as arts continue to modify how people see it, more and more spaces have been incorporating visual artworks as an integral part of their structures and establishments.

Art for Smell

Some artworks stimulate the sense of smell through scratch and sniff paintings. These paintings are just like ordinary paintings, but, they come in different scents and smells. Artists achieve this by using powdered fragrances, incense, and spices incorporated in their masterpieces. Some even use floral, salt water, and even coffee.

Art for Touch

While most museums and galleries strictly forbid touching the artworks, some newer and innovative ones actually encourage it. These galleries host multisensory sculptures, art pieces, and installations which use a variety of materials it includes wood, metal, resin, and shell and the materials that were added to the figures.

Art for Hearing

Another interesting take on art for the scenes is the trend of sound paintings. More than pleasing one’s vision, sound paintings can also stimulate touch and hearing all at the same time. These innovative and techy artworks produce specific sounds which are activated by touch.

The sound depends on the artist. It could be inspired by the painting itself (sound of crashing waves for beach paintings, trickling water for waterfalls and streams, etc.) or could be completely random or abstract like the paintings themselves.

Art for Taste

The latest trend when it comes to food and dining is to incorporate art into their business—not only through interior decoration but also by combining elements of gastronomy with visual arts. “Our diners appreciate the arts — not only the artworks exhibited at the restaurant, but also the art of dining,” says Duddell’s executive chef, Siu Hin Chi in Hong Kong.

“Chefs are like any artists,” says Taddei, an Italian Chef. “We have a different medium, our own style, our own signature. Despite the enormous amount of dishes you create, each should carry your own touch.”