A couple of weeks ago, when murals began springing up on the sides of buildings in downtown New York (see here, here, here and here), not only were we seeing rats, we were smelling one too. Banksy was in town. Our interest was further piqued with the opening of The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill in Greenwich Village. Not really a pet store and definitely not a charcoal grill, the installation showcases a new chapter in the street artist’s career: animatronics. No longer content with graffiti stencils, Banksy has given life to hot dogs, chicken nuggets and fish sticks, which occupy cages and tanks around the otherwise-grimy storefront. Also caged is an eerily-animate monkey watching a video loop of Animal Planet-style porn; a beauty-conscious rabbit; and a family of CCTV cameras.
The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill is located at 89 Seventh Avenue South (between W 4th and Bleecker St.) and is open from 10AM to 12AM until October 31.
Exclusive video courtesy of Martin Benninge.