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The Plastic Bag Store

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Part film, part installation, all bags.

The Plastic Bag Store is a public art installation and immersive film by artist Robin Frohardt that brings humor, craft, and a critical lens to our culture of consumption and convenience—specifically, the enduring effects of our single-use plastics. 

Inside The Plastic Bag Store installation, rotisserie chickens, dry goods and toiletries, cupcakes and sushi, and popular products such as Yucky Shards cereal and Bagorade sports drink are among the thousands of hand sculpted items displayed on the store shelves—all made from discarded, single-use plastics collected from the streets and garbage dumps.

Several times each day, the “store” transforms into an immersive, dynamic live experience in which film, live performers, and intricate handmade sets tell the darkly comedic, sometimes tender story of how the overabundance of plastic waste we leave behind might be misinterpreted by future generations.

Co-produced by Frohardt and Pomegranate Arts, The Plastic Bag Store was created over several years by Frohardt in collaboration with her puppetry ensemble and features original music by long-time creative collaborator, the award-winning composer Freddi Price.

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An emphatic work of activism that is also a wistful work of art.

The New York Times, Best Theater of 2020

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The Plastic Bag Store residency at UT Austin is supported by funds from the O’Donnell Visiting Artist Endowment, generously provided by the College of Fine Arts.

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