Community Spice Rack was created for Farm City’s Chautauqua at the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City (2011). Participants engaged in a short conversation with the artist, after which they were asked to make a short message in a bottle for New York City. Each participant was then asked to mix a spice blend that matched his or her message, choosing from 10 unlabeled spices available on the table between the participant and the artist.

Messages will be returned to participants three years after the date of their creation, by which time the paper will be permanently scented with the spice blend that the participant mixed. Bottles of spices will remain on view as an installation.