Well this is so not your average grocery store...
British artist Lucy Sparrow has just unveiled her latest project, and it is without a doubt her most ambitiously playful to date!
Welcome to Tampa Fresh Foods, a bonafide grocery store boasting aisles full of over 50,000 hand-created food artworks made entirely out of felt.
More than two years in the making, Sparrow's masterpiece of a fully functioning (albeit non-edible) store has everything from a produce department bursting with Florida's locally grown favorites and a seafood counter filled with everything from shrimp to stone crabs, to a Cuban sandwich bar where guests can build their own bespoke felted work and even a temperature controlled humidor lined with cigars.
“I am thrilled to be working with the Vinik Family Foundation and Art Production Fund on Tampa Fresh Foods. Tampa is such an inspirational location, with a backdrop of so many strong and varied local stories – from the beautiful fresh seafood and vibrant citruses, to the proud Cuban influences. These elements will all come together in felt in my most colourful, creative and interactive installation to date. I launched my US art career in Florida, and it holds a really special place in my story – I can’t wait to come back and continue the next technicolor chapter in Tampa.”
Located at 1050 Water Street in downtown Tampa, this shoppable installation is a must-see and must-feel experience.
Care to see inside?
[Photos by Tiffany Sage/BFA.com]