British artist Lucy Sparrow will make her West Coast debut with her fifth fully-felted art installation, Sparrow Mart at The Standard, Downtown LA. Sparrow Mart will take over the hotel's Paddle Room and open to the public on Wednesday, August 1. Presented for the second consecutive year in partnership with The Standard, Downtown LA and supported by Discover Los Angeles, this site specific, super-sized superstore will be brasher, brighter and four times bigger than Lucy's 8 Till Late, last summer's fully felted bodega at The Standard, High Line in New York.
Open through August 31, this felt fantasyland will be supercharged and serviced by Sparrow Mart shop assistants who will preside over shelves overflowing with everyone’s favorite groceries - each one is hand-made in felt and signed by the artist.
Every single one of Lucy’s 31,000 unique felt artworks is available to buy in-store, so Angelenos can browse the California Rolls at the fully stocked sushi bar and bag up some fresh felt fish, fruit and vegetables, before heading to the 1980s inspired sound and vision department housing a movie section filled with that decade’s biggest box office hits on VHS and Betamax.
On her latest project; Lucy comments: “As a child, I was obsessed with the exotic, turbo-charged technicolour glow emanating from across the Atlantic. The source of this neon rainbow was Los Angeles - a seemingly mythical place to a child growing up in grey, post-recession Britain – and one that has hugely influenced my artistic practice. Thanks to the amazing team at The Standard, Downtown LA the felt is finally coming home to the city of endless possibilities and colour.”
Sparrow Mart will be open Aug. 1-31, 2018 at The Standard , Downtown LA.
Hours: 11am - 9pm (closed Mondays)
After the jump, read on for Lucy Sparrow's Top 5 Places in L.A.
"THE best sweet shop in the world. I love this place - a complete heaven for the sugar addicted. Swedish candy pick and mix perfection."
7922 W 3rd St, Los Angeles 90048
"I visited The Broad for the first time in February when I was in town researching for Sparrow Mart and I have to say I was blown away by the collection. I will be back. A lot."
221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles 90012
"I love the movies and I love a theme park, so Universal Studios Hollywood is a must. My favourite part is the backlot tour – getting attacked by Jaws and doing a drive-by at The Bates Motel – what’s not to love? I think I’m going to need a season ticket this summer."
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City 91608