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I wanted to make asphalt perfume because I like the smell of it.  I brought some pieces of asphalt into the kitchen to try to extract the “essential oil” (asphalt is a petroleum product).  In the kitchen it became disgusting, and the fumes made us nauseous. 
The kitchen has been a way for us to get closer to material and feel its presence, and we feel toxicity in a more visceral way inside the kitchen vs on the street.

Melting asphalt in the kitchen is not recommended.
Asphalt is all over the world in roads, and is a common roofing material.

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