The renegade graffiti artist Banksy has resurfaced in New York City and this time his work is aimed directly at the meat industry. Readers may know Banksy as the British graffiti artist whose notoriety has sprung from satire. He has been rather active this month.
His piece is both grotesque and comical. It’s called “Sirens of the Lambs” and features a truck signed with “Farm Fresh Meats. Loaded with adorable animal puppets and stuffed animals, all with their heads poking out of open spaces, some squeak and others squeal in fear. The truck makes its way through New York City starting in the meatpacking district. This animated intimidating display is going to tour NYC for the next week or so.
One can only think of an episode of The Muppets gone amuck. The animals have those unblinking glass eyes that somehow are shocking in their stares. They do not conjure up friendly poofy snuggly animals but rather come across as terrorizing and scary.
The truck is equipped to play an audio guide with an accompanying 800 number that can be called privately or then and there.
The animals are controlled by four artists sitting inside the truck. It's clever, interesting but frightening, and intended to evoke guilt.
Banksy apparently used to work at a butcher shop, which might have inspired the sculpture art.
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