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Workshop: Birmingham Smell Map

  • Desert Island Supply Co. 5500 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL, 35212 United States (map)

Close your eyes and think about your neighborhood. Walk down its streets and breathe in. What do you smell? Fresh cut grass because your neighbors are obsessive about lawn care? Coal dust because you live by the train tracks? Cedar smoke because you live within a five-block radius of Dreamland? Have you ever smelled hose-water on one block and honeysuckle on the next?

Let’s face it: Birmingham smells, delicious and disgusting and delightful, and it deserves a map worthy of its diverse stenches. And yet no physical map exists to document the smells in a cul-de-sac or a bus stop.

Sniffing people of Birmingham, unite! This July, the Desert Island Supply Co. will host a four-part workshop on Tuesday evenings for Birmingham’s most curious adult noses. We will meet weekly to plan our smell map, and we’ll have some olfactory field work in between. At the end of the month, we will have created the first map of Birmingham’s smells, which DISCO will use to produce printed maps. Each workshop participant will receive a free copy of the map, and we will sell copies in our Desert Island Supply Co. storefront and at All proceeds will fund further creative exploration in our city.

This class is open to sniffers ages 18 and up. We ask that you make a one-time contribution of $10 (or contribute what you can) to cover space and printing costs. The Desert Island Supply Co. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Click here to register! (Note: You won’t be prompted to pay during online registration)