Yes, coincidence and all that but I like this story so there.
I wrote for the Washington Examiner about Bodega, a start up with vending machines. There’s snowflake outrage about how this might replace actual bodegas. For the image they used AP which gave them the top connected image, of course.
Which is actually an art installation called “Fauxdega” by a young Englishwoman from Bath called Lucy Sparrow. Details here.
Hmm, a shop filled with hand made felt representations of what might be sold in such a shop? Chacun a son gout, of course.
But Lucy is the daughter of an old friend of mine and long time friend of this blog, Mark Sparrow. So, small world and all that. Lucy also sold out the entire stock in 16 days (9,000 pieces at $20 and up apparently) which is a welcome bit of capitalist rapaciousness in the art world. Plus being a useful export and all that.
She has put that alternate reality within easy reach: A felt cigarette pack costs all of $20; a box of candy is $35.
Such compulsion, and the suppressed anxiety it suggests, is palpable in the 9,000 objects Ms. Sparrow has brought to New York.