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Thursday 25 December 2014

Banksy takes screaming cuddly toys to the New York slaughterhouse for 'Sirens of the Lambs' artwork

Banksy's Sirens of the Lambs: 'I know what you're thinking: isn't it a bit… subtle'
The latest work from street artist Banksy is seen through a chain link fence on October 9, 2013 in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City. Banksy is in the midst of creating a month long series of pieces of street art. Photo by Andrew Burton
Graffiti by the secretive British artist Banksy, featuring a dog and a fire plug, draws attention on 24th Street, near Sixth Avenue in New York, on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Banksy graffiti is turning up on the streets of the city and all over social media. Banksy announced on his website that he is undertaking 'an artists residency on the streets of New York' this month. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Graffiti painted in white by the secretive British artist Banksy, already "tagged" over by another artist, is on display on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 in New York. Banksy graffiti is turning up on the streets of the city and all over social media. Banksy announced on his website that he is undertaking an artists residency on the streets of New York this month. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
A woman takes a cell phone picture of graffiti painted in white by the secretive British artist Banksy, already "tagged" over by another artist, on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 in New York. Banksy graffiti is turning up on the streets of the city and all over social media. Banksy announced on his website that he is undertaking 'an artists residency on the streets of New York' this month. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: A piece of street art depicting a heart-shaped balloon covered in bandages, allegedly done by the street artist Banksy, is seen on October 7, 2013 in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The piece was defaced with red spray paint shortly after being completed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: A woman poses with a piece of street art, which depicts a heart-shaped balloon covered in bandages and was allegedly done by the street artist Banksy, on October 7, 2013 in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The piece was defaced with red spray paint shortly after being completed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Street art reading, "Playground Mob, The Musical," allegedly done by the British street artist Banksy, is seen in the Lower East Side on October 4, 2013 in New York City. Earlier this week Banksy announced he would be creating new street art for a month in New York. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Street art reading, "Playground Mob, The Musical," allegedly done by the British street artist Banksy, is seen in the Lower East Side on October 4, 2013 in New York City. Earlier this week Banksy announced he would be creating new street art for a month in New York. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: A pedestrian looks toward street art reading, "Playground Mob, The Musical," allegedly done by the British street artist Banksy, in the Lower East Side on October 4, 2013 in New York City. Earlier this week Banksy announced he would be creating new street art for a month in New York. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: A woman poses in front of a new Bansky work on a side of a wall on October 3, 2013 in New York City. New work by the mysterious British street artist Banksy has appeared in New York after he announed a month-long residency in the city. Three works in total have appeared in recent days with two of them quickly being vandalized by other graffiti. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: People look at a new Bansky work on a side of a wall on October 3, 2013 in New York City. New work by the mysterious British street artist Banksy has appeared in New York after he announed a month-long residency in the city. Three works in total have appeared in recent days with two of them quickly being vandalized by other graffiti. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: A new Bansky work on a side of a wall is viewed on October 3, 2013 in New York City. New work by the mysterious British street artist Banksy has appeared in New York after he announed a month-long residency in the city. Three works in total have appeared in recent days with two of them quickly being vandalized by other graffiti. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: A new Bansky work on a side of a wall is viewed on October 3, 2013 in New York City. New work by the mysterious British street artist Banksy has appeared in New York after he announed a a month-long residency in the city. Three works in total have appeared in recent days with two of them quickly being vandalized by other graffiti. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: A new Bansky work is viewed on a side of a wall stating "This is My New York Accent" on October 3, 2013 in New York City. New work by the mysterious British street artist Banksy has appeared in New York after he announed amonth-long residency in the city. Three works in total have appeared in recent days with two of them quickly being vandalized by other graffiti. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Christina Ng poses in front of a new Bansky work with her dog Cece on October 3, 2013 in New York City. New work by the mysterious British street artist Banksy has appeared in New York after announcing a a month-long residency in the city. Three works in total have appeared in recent days with two of them quickly being vandalized by other graffiti. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Banksy has unleashed a disturbing delivery truck on the streets of New York City, sending cuddly farmyard animals 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.

The animals' faces look adorable, but the truck emits a loud screaming noise 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 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."

Banksy takes on New York City 

 

It also offers a possible explanation as to why Banksy created the truck, saying: "From what we know of Banksy he spent time working in a butcher's shop as a youth, where he was in charge of mincing beef, an experience that seems to have resonated with him in later life."

Video: Sirens of the Lambs

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