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Banksy's NYC Pet Shop Is Art With A Message

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This may very well be the oddest pet shop you’ve ever seen. Chicken McNuggets act like real chickens, but drink from Sweet ‘N Sour sauce. A suicidal Tweety bird rocks back and forth in his small cage as all his feathers fall out. A leopard sits perched on a tree from one perspective, but actually happens to be a faux-fur coat from another.

Said the designer– simply known as Banksy: “New Yorkers don’t care about art, they care about pets. So I’m exhibiting them instead,” he said. “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.”

Check out the video of the leopard coat below. I hope more New Yorkers get the opportunity to see this incredible — and thought-provoking display.

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