Roark Gourley


"The Spaghetti Meets Tomato" was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution in 1992 for the exhibition Seeds of Change: A Quincentennial Commemoration of Columbus discovering the Americas.

The exhibit is named for five 'seeds' - corn, potatoes, sugar, diseases and horses that through their roles in initiating changes 500 years ago shaped the course of human history in the Americas and altered the lives of people around the world.

"Spaghetti Meets Tomato" was created to capture the biological and cultural impacts of the encounter between Old and New Worlds.