A new exhibition in Times Square is now open. Called “The Plastic Bag Store,” the installation is a public art and “immersive film” by artist Robin Frohardt. It’s meant as a commentary on consumption and convenience, specifically single-use plastics.
The free exhibition shows shelves stocked with handmade items all created from discarded types of single-use plastics. Located at 20 Times Square, the exhibition is also a film that includes puppetry, shadow play and handmade sets designed to describe plastic waste and how it might be perceived by future generations.
Artist Robin Frohardt described the experience, “The Plastic Bag Store is a visually rich, tactile, and humorous experience that hopefully encourages a different way of thinking about the foreverness of plastic, the permanence of the disposable, and that there is no ‘away’ when we throw something out. It is my attempt to make something authentic and human from that which is mass-produced. There is great humor to be found in the pitfalls of capitalism, and I find that humor and satire can be powerful tools for social criticism especially with issues that feel too sad and overwhelming to confront directly.”
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Frohardt described to CBS News the abundance of plastic waste that was the inspiration for the installation, “Most of this single-use plastic is designed for its convenience. And so, you use it for only seconds, and then you throw it away. So it’s out of sight out of mind. But because it doesn’t decompose, it doesn’t really go anywhere. It’s still here, it’s still somewhere. So that little red stir stick you stirred creamer into your coffee in a bank in 1995 is possibly floating out in the ocean somewhere.”
“The Plastic Bag Store” is open from October 22 to November 7.
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