I’m a huge fan of art installations, but I think this must be my most fun one to discover yet…
Last year, she revived an abandoned corner shop in East London and filled it with 4,000 hand-sewn grocery products all made of felt. She also set up her very own ‘Fifty Shades of Felt’ sex shop in Soho filled with felt sex toys. This year, felt-loving British artist, Lucy Sparrow, is back – with her amazing, fake, 8 ’Till Late New York convenience store, filled with 9,000 items all for sale – so popular all her felty goods flew off the shelves in record time forcing it to close early!
Thought we should take a look inside anyway… Located at The Standard Hotel on the High Line – an urban park on an old railway line – in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, the shop was filled from floor to ceiling with food products and objects you might find at a typical New York corner store from breakfast cereals, a deli counter brimming with meats, frozen foods, and spirits, a book shelf – all made from felt and a bit of paint. And just like a real store, every last thing was for sale!
From the fluffy Twix packets and the squishy Coke cans, to the fuzzy cold meat deli counter and deep freeze selection, Lucy hand stitches all these fabulously fluffy products herself, and even though the shop’s sold out, there are still some items for sale on her website.
I didn’t get to New York in time, but Lucy takes us on a little tour of her shop here: