The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill
New-York, October 2008
Do you want flies with that?
When: October 2008
Where: New-York City, USA
Banksy’s first exhibition in New York, “The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill” was primarily a show featuring animatronics. The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill was an art installation that resembled a fake pet shop that aimed to question, “our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming.”
Banksy’s inaugural show in New York City was held in a tiny storefront no more than 300 square feet and could hold no more than 20 people at any one time. Despite the size, the show was very well conceived in that the entire exhibition was completely visible to the public both day and night through the store front windows.
The exhibit featured a variety of bizarre, robotic pets as well as animatronic hot-dogs performing sex acts; chicken nuggets with legs, dipping themselves in sauce; and a robot monkey wearing headphones, watching TV in a cage.