Those recently painted, floor-to-ceiling rat billboards plastered all over NYC by Banksy were just the beginning. Now having already garnered plenty of buzz for the artist, Banksy-lovers can experience the main course at The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill, a bizarre pop-up shop featuring a fish bowl inhabited by fish sticks, McNuggets, various animatronics, and other curiosities, edibles, and unexpecteds in terrariums.
"New Yorkers don't care about art, they care about pets. So I'm exhibiting them instead. 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. If its art and you can see it from the street, I guess it could still be considered street art."
Prep yourself before you visit for real by watching the creepy videos.
The shop will be open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight until October 31st at 89 7th Ave. South.