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Banksy Goes Ham: Artist’s Truck Full of Stuffed Animals Satirizes Factory Farming

Everyone’s favorite anonymous graffiti artist/activist has turned his analytical eye toward the meat industry. Banksy, the probable British artist known for his hidden identity and politically-charged spray paint satire, has momentarily stopped the illuminating public vandalization to trot out a bizarre mobile art installation in New York City. In a green truck that could have carried supplies during World War II, Banksy stuffed a cadre of animatronic stuffed animals; mooing, squawking, and bleating as they hang out of the truck in horror, all in an effort to raise awareness about factory farmed animals.

Banksy has been tagging New York City for weeks on his “Better Out Than In” tour, an unofficial residency that has sparked renewed interest in the unknown artist. He’s made a 9/11 tribute, taken on McDonald’s with a cartoon-like sculpture, painted urinating dogs, and generally gotten under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s skin. This latest mobile piece will make people think without defacing any public property.

The piece—called “Sirens of the Lambs”— will be scuttling around New York City for two weeks, and appropriately enough, began its journey in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. Via a phone number on the side of the truck, streetwalkers can dial in to listen to an audio companion about the piece. The cheeky narrator wonders if the piece is a bit “subtle,” and we also learn Banksy worked in a butcher shop as a younger man, “an experienced that seems to have resonated with him.”
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