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In pictures: Banksy's pet shop

Banksy exhibition

Guerrilla artist Banksy has opened his first official exhibition in New York. The fake pet shop aims to question "our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming".

Chicken nuggets

His exhibition, at The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill, in Manhattan, features chicken nuggets with legs, busily dipping themselves in sauce.

Rabbit wearing a pearl necklace

The exhibition also features a fake rabbit wearing a pearl necklace, a robot monkey wearing headphones and watching TV in a cage, and a caged bird which has lost all of its feathers.

Monkey watching TV

Banksy said: "New Yorkers don't care about art, they care about pets. So I'm exhibiting them instead."


Banksy's animatronic hot-dogs have sparked complaints from people "unhappy about seeing two hot-dogs performing a sex act", he said.

Fishfingers swim in a fish bowl

The New York Times said: "Banksy's statements, like much of his pranksterish oeuvre, should be taken with a grain of salt. But there's no denying the show's attention to comically pointed detail."

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