Within the Standard hotel in Los Angeles is a convenience store stocked with typical products. Customers will find peanut butter and cereal on the shelves, and fruits and vegetables stacked in produce bins. Everything is available for sale, and shoppers carry baskets as they browse. But Sparrow Mart isn’t your average grocery store: All 31,000 items are made of felt! British artist Lucy Sparrow and her team spent a year assembling, sewing, and hand-painting the stuffed products for the artificial convenience store.
The objects in the installation look like they’ve been mass produced like many real American products. But each item is handmade and unique. Sparrow says her idea started with her childhood perception of the “Technicolor glow” of American culture.