Uncanny alley: grocery store made out of plastic trash debuts in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall

Artist and director Robin Frohardt poses at The Plastic Bag Store, a public art installation and immersive film in New York City’s Times Square in October 2020.
Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

At a first glance, Robin Frohardt’s New York installation appears to be more of a celebration than an excoriation of the pernicious plastic bag.

From a distance, the cheerfully lit grocery store entices pedestrians in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall with a lurid cornucopia of edible produce, with its own dinky bakery, fruit and veg section, salad bar, dairy and shelves of packaged dry goods.

But it’s not just the incredible prices that turn out to be too good to be true. The thousands of products on display are all handcrafted from decidedly unappetising single-use plastic bags.

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