Artist recreates New York City grocery store using felt Meat purveyors Chris Hinke, left, and Rich DeNatale, visit the butcher's case of British artist Lucy Sparrow's all-felt model of a New York City bodega, in New York's Meatpacking district, Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Artist recreates New York City grocery store using felt
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If the hot dogs in one New York City bodega feel a little, well, soft and squishy, don't worry, it's not a health hazard. It's art.
 
A British artist has recreated the contents of a city bodega. It is made entirely in felt. That is the soft material usually favored by the school-going set. Lucy Sparrow's "8 Till Late" opened to the public in a 1,200-square-foot space. It is at The Standard hotel. That is on Manhattan's west side. It runs through June 30.
 
Sparrow handmade the 9,000 items in the installation. The items cover practically everything you might find in the small stores that are iconic in New York City. There are felt jars of peanut butter and jelly as well as packages of white bread. There are pizza slices and pretzels on the felt grill along with felt hot dogs. And there are felt boxes of detergent and a felt fridge filled with felt ice cream.
 
The artist has been working in felt for years. She says the material "evokes nostalgia with people."
 
The New York City exhibit follows a similar one Sparrow created in London. That one was called "The Cornershop." The point of both, she said, was to generate conversation about what is lost when small mom-and-pop stores like bodegas fade away, often with chain stores coming in as replacements.
 
"A sense of community is being lost when these places disappear," she said.
 
Sparrow said it took several months to make all the items. She worked for 16 hours every day toward the end of her production period. Among her favorite items in the shop are the sausages and other products in the meat case. All of them have eyes and faces.
 
"It's very cute but sort of gruesome at the same time," she said. She of course included that mainstay of the bodegas. The cat that can usually be seen lolling on a pallet of cans or strolling through the aisles.
 
"I had at least 20 people say to me that having a bodega cat was probably the most important thing about this installation," Sparrow said. "So I had to get that right."

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  • Andies-orv
    9/20/2017 - 11:00 a.m.

    I think that this must be very tiring but also very rewarding once you get it done. In the article it says that the artist took 16 hours to make each day until she finished. The only thing i'm wondering is how big this grocery felt store is.

  • Makennad-eic
    9/28/2017 - 10:36 a.m.

    I really like the hole store is made of felt its really different and but the cat is way to much . I love the faces on the meat and the jar of jam and the bread.

  • Lillyh-eic
    9/28/2017 - 12:14 p.m.

    I think this is art because I consider all types of creation art. I think this was a very artistic idea recreating a store in felt is super cool. I definitely consider this art.

  • TrennaB-buh
    9/28/2017 - 04:16 p.m.

    Wow this is rally odd news ,but I like it a lot. I would give this 5 stars because it is really interesting and they gave a lot discretion.

  • oliviar-lew
    9/29/2017 - 09:38 a.m.

    I think it was a really neat idea to make a store out of felt. Plus doing it in honor of something she loved, and the faces on the meat were super cute!

  • Wesley-bla1
    10/19/2017 - 11:42 a.m.

    This is art to me because its colorful and honestly, people use felt in art usually. Also, this person is considered an artist, and if she spent several months with 16 hours a day on this, she can say what ever she wants it to be. I would really like to see this, because I think her effort should be recognized.

  • jbrad-wim
    10/27/2017 - 01:10 p.m.

    I think putting a lot of effort and time into a project makes it an art. Art is something that expresses feeling or just for fun. Something so extraordinary deserves to be recognized and appreciated.

  • bmeye-wim
    10/27/2017 - 04:59 p.m.

    This is art by creating something creative with felt. When she created these felts of foods, it was creative to think of such an idea. In my opinion, I think its pretty neat how Lucy Sparrow came up with the idea to make these.

  • cheyl-orv
    10/29/2017 - 09:24 p.m.

    i think this is really creative. i like how she gave somethings little faces and the bodega cat it was a good touch to her art.

  • Alannad-smi
    12/01/2017 - 12:27 p.m.

    I think it is really cool and amazing but what if they changed a real grocery store to this? I like it but that means they just made a fake one. I would just like to know the purpose.

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