Friday, October 10, 2008

The Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill

Banksy, the UK-based artist and street artist, has an installation in New York right now in a storefront in Greenwich Village.

It'll be open to the public daily through Oct. 31.
The NY Times describes it as following:

“Open for Pet Supplies/Rare Breeds/Mechanically retrieved meat” says a sign in front of the shop. Bales of hay dot the sidewalk, along with a kiddie dolphin ride, wrapped in a fishing net like the day’s catch. But it is the leopard in one of the storefront windows that stops passers-by first. “Is that — real?” a woman asked on Wednesday, peering at a large furry object perched on a tree branch, its tail swinging.

It’s not: it is an ingeniously arranged fake fur coat. The robot monkey is more lifelike: it sits, breathing, in a cage inside the store, wearing headphones, holding a remote and watching a television clip of some fellow monkeys in an amorous moment.

A rabbit wearing a pearl necklace files her nails in a window; the coop in the next one has chicken nuggets with legs, busily dipping themselves in sauce.

More videos of the installation available on the Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill website