Anthony Armentano, exclusive to Global Animal
No stranger to communicating social issues through art, the pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist known as Banksy’s latest installation is an oddly haunting criticism of factory farming and farm animal cruelty in general.
The infamous yet renowned painter-political activist’s piece consists of a mobile truck packed with stuffed animals that let out wailing animal sounds.
Fittingly, the art installation, entitled The Siren of the Lambs, is currently touring itself around New York City’s Meatpacking district, and comes as part of Banksy’s month-long residency inside the city.
Each day throughout October, the street artist has been creating an entirely unique piece in a different area around the city, but this one in particular has been strikingly captivating to bystanders. One citizen commented on the sheer volume of truck saying:
“That’s what got me out to the sidewalk. It was so loud. Not sure but I think someone was in the truck banging as if the animals were trying to escape.”
The truck was first spotted on Thursday without any indication of its origin, but Banksy later confirmed the work was his via his website on Friday.
Banksy’s The Siren of the Lambs powerfully represents the horrible conditions animals are exposed to when transported from factory farms to slaughterhouses. Hopefully this piece will get people thinking about the pain and stress animals in the farm industry undergo.
Banksy released a video of his installation in action on October 11. Watch it below: