The Plastic Bag Store by Robin Frohardt is a public art installation that employs humor to look at the enduring and catastrophic effects of plastics. The installation replicates a grocery store stocked with thousands of hand-sculpted items including rotisserie chickens, dry goods, toiletries, cupcakes, sushi, and popular products such as “Yucky Shards” cereal and “Bagorade” sports drink — all made from discarded single-use plastics collected from the streets and garbage dumps.
Several times a day, the “store” transforms into an immersive, dynamic live experience in which performers use a puppet film and intricate handmade sets to tell the darkly comedic, sometimes tender story of how the overabundance of plastic waste we leave behind might be misinterpreted by future generations.
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Timed admissions to visit the “store” at 661 Imperial Street in Los Angeles, California, will be available from June 30 through July 11.
Tickets are on sale now at cap.ucla.edu/PlasticBagStore.
The Plastic Bag Store is conceived, written, and directed by Robin Frohardt; created in collaboration with the Puppetry Ensemble; with original music by Freddi Price; produced by Linda Brumbach, Robin Frohardt, and Alisa E. Regas; production management by Pomegranate Arts.