Dressing The Air is the brainchild of the London-based artist Paul Schütze.

In a career spanning 30 years, Schütze has exhibited his photographic and installation works in galleries and museums around the world, released over thirty albums of original recordings, scored a number of films and performed numerous concerts. He has collaborated with artists such as James Turrell, Josiah McElheny and Isaac Julien and musicians as diverse as Bill Laswell, Raoul Björkenheim, Toshinori Kondo, Lol Coxhill and Jah Wobble.

Dressing The Air is a unique open resource that aims to enrich creative thinking by encouraging a multi-sensory approach. A constantly evolving archive and creative news feed, Dressing The Air monitors and reports on a diverse range of art-forms from cinema to sculpture, painting to furniture design, land-art to perfumery.

Water Gardens

Pirro Ligorio, Tommaso Chiruchi, Claude Venard

Villa D'Este, Rome, Italy

16th Century

Seemingly endless fountains pools and grottoes define and punctuate this spectacular garden. The use of moving water to direct the eye and charge the air both through sound and constant fluctuations of temperature and humidity guarantees a concert of unforgettable sensations. It can sometimes seems as though the entire grammar of baroque ornament may be seen here bought to watery, scintillating life.


The planting in the Water Gardens themselves is rich, green and leafy. While there is some drift from more aromatic planting in the surrounding estate, the occasional avenue of flowering plants and the action of sunlight on the damp greenery climbing the terraces and walls,  the predominant scent comes from the waters and the spray of the fountains. Clean and elusive it's changing character is both a consequence and a reenforcement of the materials and design of the gardens.

Dave Tonkin