The Plastic Bag Store: Environmentally-conscious art installation creates replica foodstuffs from single-use plastics in New York

Single-use plastics have been used to create replica foodstuffs including sushi rolls, tomatoes, and bananas as part of a public art installation and immersive theatre show in New York’s Times Square.

The public art installation by artist Robin Frohardt is known as The Plastic Bag Store. Coinciding with New York’s plastic bag ban which came into effect on 1 March, The Plastic Bag Store aims to “employ humour, craft, and a critical lens to our culture of consumption and convenience – specifically, the enduring effects of our single-use plastics”.

The Plastic Bag Store, which is modelled on a grocery store, displays items made using single-use plastic bags collected by the artist from streets of New York City.

At night, the store transforms into a puppet theatre show, where a performance written by Rbin Frohardt tells the story of what future generations might think of all the plastic waste that gets left behind today.

Tim Tompkins, President of Times Square Alliance, said: “Amidst society’s relentless cycles of consumption and destruction, this project drives us to create and re-create — rather than just destroy — so that hundreds of years from now we find that it is our cultural products which endure: our plays rather than our piles of plastics, our shows rather than our scraps, our imagination rather than our excess.

“Robin Frohardt’s work is one of the most significant and ambitious Times Square Arts public projects to date, combining environmentally-conscious art, immersive installation, and live performance.”

The Plastic Bag Store will be free and open to the public from 18 March to 12 April 2020. It is understood that the pop-up art installation and puppet show will tour nationally and internationally.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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