The Plastic Bag Store – Adelaide Festival Exhibition
While you’re visiting the City of Adelaide this March make sure you stop by the Plastic Bag Store. This is no ordinary store, but a cleverly constructed supermarket featuring “grocery store” items made entirely from the remnants of plastic bags and plastic rubbish, all the way from New York. You won’t be able to pick up food for dinner here!
Artist and filmmaker Robin Frohardt has created an incredible exhibition which when viewed from a distance appears not unlike any other grocery store with a range of fruit and veg, cakes, cereal boxes, crackers, and frozen foods.
Look more closely and you will see a selection of familiar-looking items with a difference. That box of fancy Italian chocolates is now a box filled with plastic wrappers. Those sugary cereal items are now “Yucky Shards” complete with a smiling turtle trapped in plastic. Coke has also had a makeover with the bottles renamed “Plastic Crapa”. Imagine writing these items on your next shopping list! My personal favourite has to be the box of “Bitz of Plastic Crap” (aka Ritz Crackers).
The Brooklyn-based artist has also created Bagemite (aka Vegemite) and Milo has been rebadged as “Baglo”.
There is a certain feeling of horror looking at the amount of plastic on display and a whole lot of amusement when reading many of the labels. It is this sense of uneasiness, created by the exhibition that appears to be the driving force of the display – a reminder of our reliance on plastic in so many facets of our lives. The timing of the exhibition ties in very nicely with South Australia’s new single use plastic ban.
This is a very clever and entertaining exhibition for both kids and adults who will enjoy spotting their favourite foods, reading the funny labels and appreciating the creativity and time that has gone into creating it.
The exhibition is free and no bookings are required but capacity is limited to adhere to Covid regulations.
Exhibition Dates & Opening Times:
Tuesday 23 February – Sunday 14 March 2021
- Monday – Thursday | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
- Friday | 12:00pm – 5:30pm
- Saturday | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
- Sunday | 12:30pm – 4:30pm
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival website
What: The Plastic Bag Store
When: Until Sunday 14 March 2021 | see opening times above
Where: Level 1, Rundle Place | 77-91 Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Who: Recommended for ages 7+
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