The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill

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.

View from the street

Sign in the front window

Fish sticks swimming in a bowl

Chicken McNuggets dip into cup of sauce

Merchandise displayed on wall

Menu above front windows

Leopardskin coat lounging on a branch

Sausages with toothpicks

Sliced salami with bowl of olives

Hot dog with bottle of mustard

White rabbit with makeup

Monkey watching television

Monkey and observer

Molting bird in a cage

The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill
NY Times: Where Fish Sticks Swim Free and Chicken Nuggets Self-Dip


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