You walk into your local corner store with all your favorite products on the shelves. But when you reach for that box of Ritz crackers, it’s soft to the touch…and made of felt. This is what British felt artist Lucy Sparrow’s debut US exhibition 8 ’till late: A Felt Convenience Store is like.
Situated in a storefront on Little West 12th Street behind the Biergarten at the Standard Hotel near the High Line, it looks like your neighborhood bodega with everything you could possibly need from fruits and veggies
to frozen pies and ice cream.
But here, it’s all recreated in felt.
You can even get a felt Coca-Cola from a felt Coke machine.
Mmm…pupusas…my new favorite food…
In the back room, the felt pieces are displayed as art, with an Andy Warhol-like depiction of Campell’s Soup.
The items may not be edible but you can purchase them. Prices are a bit steep, but I couldn’t resist taking home this package of one of my favorite childhood candies, Skittles.
This exhibition has been here since June 5 and will be ending next Friday, June 30, so get there while you can. There may be a line but it went quickly when we visited. The exhibit is free to attend, but the felt pieces are for purchase and prices vary.