“A tiny little pet store quietly opened four days ago at 89 7th Avenue between West 4th and Bleeker Street in the West Village of New York City. Inside, McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets sip barbecue sauce. A rabbit puts on her makeup. A CCTV camera nurtures its young. Breaded fish swim in a large round bowl while hot dogs live the high life under heat lamps in cages near the cash register.
The store is the newest exhibit by famed graf artist, Banksy. This is the first time that Banksy has used animatronics, and the effect is absolutely amazing. Starting the moment you read this, until October 31st (Halloween), Banksy’s pet store is officially open each and every daily from 10am until midnight.
Banksy says about the show: “New Yorkers don’t care about art, they care about pets. So I’m exhibiting them instead. I wanted to make art that questioned our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming, but it ended up as chicken nuggets singing. I took all the money I made exploiting an animal in my last show and used it to fund a new show about the exploitation of animals. If its art and you can see it from the street, I guess it could still be considered street art.”
You can see more at the Wooster Collective. Crazy crazy crazy (like a fox).