Robin Frohardt’s Plastic Bag Store was an astonishing grocery market installed in a storefront in Times Square, NY — astonishing because everything in it was meticulously made of plastic bags, to call attention to the pervasiveness of single-use packaging. Visitors stepped through the doors to the frozen food cooler to discover an intimate theater with a whimsical puppet show that revealed another aspect of throw-away plastic: it lasts forever.
Now the puppet show has been captured in a lyrical film, following a plastic bottle into a dystopian future “after the robot wars,” where it is carefully uncovered and exhibited as a trace of a vanished civilization. With Arlington considering a ban on bottled water, and Michelle Lougee’s community art project Persistence scheduled to come down in June, Arlington’s EcoWeek offered the perfect opportunity to bring Frohardt’s film to town as part of a celebration of Public Art & Plastic Activism!
Don’t miss this chance to experience a screening of Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store: A Tragicomic Ode to the Foreverness of Plastic. This event will be held May 10 at the Regent, or available for Stream at Home. The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with Robin Frohardt and Michelle Lougee on art, activism, and plastic. Tickets will be available soon at www.ArtsArtlington.org/plastic.