Lucy Sparrow's Top 5 Places in Los Angeles

The artist's West Coast debut, "Sparrow Mart" is open at The Standard, Downtown LA from Aug. 1-31, 2018

Lucy Sparrow | Photo courtesy of Livia Smith @liviasmith01
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British artist Lucy Sparrow will make her West Coast debut with her fifth fully-felted art installation, Sparrow Mart at The Standard, Downtown LASparrow 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.

Fresh felt seafood at Sparrow Mart | Photo courtesy of Livia Smith @liviasmith01

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.

Burger and fries at Sparrow Mart
Burger and fries at Sparrow Mart | Photo courtesy of Livia Smith @liviasmith01

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.

1. Museum of Death Hollywood

Museum of Death exterior
Museum of Death | Photo courtesy of Amaury Laporte, Flickr

"Ok, so this one is a little dark, but as a massive fan of true crime documentaries, this place is a must see for me."

6031 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 90028
(323) 466-8011

2. Sockerbit Sweet & Swedish L.A.

Sockerbit Sweet & Swedish Los Angeles
Sockerbit Sweet & Swedish Los Angeles | Instagram by @elizabethchambers

"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
(323) 951-0402

3. Posers Hollywood

Posers Hollywood shoes
Photo courtesy of Posers Hollywood

"I absolutely obsess about this clothing store on Melrose, it sells the very best mod and alternative goth stuff."

7417 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles 90046
(323) 653-4393

4. The Broad

Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity" at The Broad
Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity," 2017 [detail]. Photo by Maris Hutchinson/EPW Studio. Image © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice; Yayoi Kusama Inc.

"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
(213) 232-6200

5. Universal Studios Hollywood

Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood
The Legendary Studio Tour | Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood

"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
(800) 864-8377