The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill

October 30, 2008

This is the final week of the art installation known as The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill. Located in a former shop in Greenwich Village, the exhibit by secretive UK artist Banksy provides an original view of pets, food and the ways they intersect.

At first glace, it seems that the space is outfitted like a standard pet shop: the walls are lined with tanks and cages, rows of cat food and dog treats. But a closer look reveals that the Village Pet Store contains no live animals.

Instead, there are fish sticks swimming in a bowl, animatronic Chicken McNuggets dipping themselves into a cup of barbecue sauce, sausages wriggling beside a bowl of olives, a rabbit at a vanity applying makeup, and a rhesus monkey, remote control clutched in his paw, transfixed by a television program about gorillas.

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View from the street

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Sign in the front window

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Fish sticks swimming in a bowl

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Chicken McNuggets dip into cup of sauce

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Merchandise displayed on wall

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Menu above front windows

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Leopardskin coat lounging on a branch

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Sausages with toothpicks

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Sliced salami with bowl of olives

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Hot dog with bottle of mustard

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White rabbit with makeup

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Monkey watching television

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Monkey and observer

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Molting bird in a cage

The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill
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