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The Plastic Bag Store – Art Installation & Performance
June 30, 2021 - July 11, 2021
Presented by UCLA Center for the Art of Performance, the Plastic Bag Store is a public art installation and immersive film experience created by artist and director Robin Frohardt designed to take place in a retail storefront. Employing humor, puppetry and craft, Frohardt focuses a critical lens upon our culture of consumption and convenience — specifically, the enduring effects of our single-use plastics.
Inside The Plastic Bag Store installation, rotisserie chickens, dry goods and toiletries, cupcakes and sushi and popular products such as Yucky Shards cereal and Bagorade sports drink are among the thousands of hand sculpted items displayed on the store shelves — all made from discarded, single-use plastics literally collected from the streets and garbage dumps.
Several times each day, the “store” transforms into an immersive, dynamic live experience in which film, performers and intricate handmade sets tell the darkly comedic, sometimes tender story of how the overabundance of plastic waste we leave behind might be misinterpreted by future generations.
Located in the downtown LA arts district, this installation runs from June 30 through July 11. Tickets are required in advance, and sales begin on June 9. Attendance is limited due to Covid rules. Click here for details and ticket orders.