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Banksy’s ‘Sirens of the Lambs’

 

Big Art in the Big Apple

(VIRAL VIDEO)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Vegetarians unite.  Banksy is taking on the Big Apple.

The famous underground artist unleashed a disturbing delivery truck on the streets of New York City, sending cuddly farmyard animals bleating all the way to the slaughterhouse.

Appropriately enough, the truck is currently touring the meatpacking district before moving on to the rest of the city.

How long the artwork– titled ‘Sirens of the Lambs’– will last, however, is anyone’s guess, given that Banksy’s previous installations in his month-long New York residency have been defaced by rival graffiti artists, painted over, and even hijacked by opportunistic locals looking to charge visitors for taking photos. 

Yesterday’s ‘installation’ marks day #11 for the artist in New York.

The animals’ faces look adorable, but the truck emits loud screaming noises that indicates the creatures are in distress.  According to an audio guide on Banksy’s website, the animals’ heads are controlled by a team of mime artists inside the vehicle.

The guide jokes: “This is a piece of sculpture art, and I know
what you’re thinking:  isn’t it a bit… subtle?”

Banksy, it says, is either “making some sort of comment on the casual cruelty of the food industry” or forging “an attempt at something vague and pretentious about the loss of childhood innocence”.

The website guide continues:  

“The truck contains over 60 cuddly soft toys on the road to a swift death.  However, in order to bring them to life, four professional puppeteers are required, strapped into bucket seats, dressed entirely in black lycra, pulling on an array of levers with each limb and given only one toilet break a day – proving that the only sentient beings held in lower esteem than livestock are mime artists.” 

It also offers a possible explanation as to why Banksy created the truck:

“From what we know of Banksy he spent time working in a butcher shop as a youth, where he was in charge of mincing beef– an experience that seems to have resonated with him in later life.”

You can see what else Banksy has been up to over the past several days in NYC, here.

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 Sourced from YouTube and BanksyNYC, the Belfast Telegraph, and UntappedCities.com

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–For Suzy Blah Blah and Isaiah–

5 Responses to “Banksy’s ‘Sirens of the Lambs’”

  1. Art-ee says:

    I liked this article. Really looking forward to more. Fantastic.

  2. suzy blah blah says:

    -Skippy, thanks for the dedication but like i pointed out to you last time, Banksy is a poseur.
    http://humboldtsentinel.com/2013/03/10/banksy/
    I wish you’d take that view into consideration when writing about him.

    And he’s boring. The only thing disturbing about his cute protest message via a truck full of stuffed animals is how expected it is. But even worse than being so prolifically mediocre, he poses as a reble when he actually is part of the machine that he is pretending to be rebelling against. It’s insulting. Banksy’s a phony.

    Check out the real thing right here in Eureka:
    http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5260/5422193364_61ca4c84ee.jpg

    • skippy says:

      Thanks, Suzy. Sorry! Skippy’s a slow learner and about as dumb as a box of rocks. Without the box. One of these days the boss is going to realize he’s been a failure the whole time, should’ve been fired long ago, and they’ll want all their money back.

      Always like your comments and wise words with wit, Suzy. More cheers and sunshine to you. Rock on.

  3. skippy says:

    Thank you for sharing this with others, Meabovethesea. You have an informative site of interest for our Humboldt folks about a variety of things.

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