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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.

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.

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