So the madness continues with the mystery man opening a storefront exhibit. The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill showcases Banksy’s work in an entirely new way: animatronics. While the man has always had a fascination with Disney-inspired motifs and visuals, he’s now managed to subvert the jump from Steamboat Willie to The Happiest Place on Earth.
In a statement, Banksy had this to say:
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.
Check the video to get an idea of the exhibition and check out Wooster Collective for more pictures.