Have you ever fantasized about visiting a bodega where every sale item is an exact replica made of felt? No? Either way, as on June 5, you’ll now have the opportunity.
For your consideration: Next week British artist Lucy Sparrow will unveil her newest art installation– a 1,200-square-foot space she has conjured into an “immersive, fully stocked felt convenience store.” The store will contain 8,000 purchasable items, all made of felt. Snickers bar? Felt. Pack of Marlboros? Felt. Liter of milk? Felt. Bodega cat? Felt, probably.
The project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. This isn’t Sparrow’s first felt rodeo, however. In 2014, she spent seven months stitching 4,000 grocery items for a convenience store in London’s East End. She’s also done a felt sex shop and at one point recreated the British crown jewels in felt to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Sparrow’s installation, “8 till Late,” will be at The Standard, High Line, in the Meatpacking District, and will be open for four weeks, 10am to 8pm daily. Sparrow will be in the store every day, running the register. More here.