This afternoon, I spotted Banksy’s “Sirens of the Lambs,” the 11th installment of his ongoing Better Out Than In public exhibit. He describes it as “a slaughterhouse delivery truck touring the meatpacking district.” It’s comprised of a truck load of shrieking, stuffed animals, some of which have been mechanized, others that are apparently being animated by actors inside. The vehicle made an appearance on Little West 12th Street and quickly caught the attention of adoring street art fans, passersby and PETA.
“Banksy’s stunningly and deceptively simple work of art mixes the banal, an ordinary truck, with the sentimental—stuffed animal figures, depicted as plaintively crying out for freedom, their heads sticking out from the truck’s sides—to create something that will stop people in their tracks,” said Jordan Uhl, Media Liaison for PETA.
“All observers going about their business will suddenly have to remember that every living being who is crammed onto a transport truck and shipped to a slaughterhouse to be killed and chopped up for food has a face, doesn’t want to be on that truck, and wouldn’t be on that truck if people decided not to eat flesh. We hope the truck keeps serving up food for thought in the Meatpacking District.”
(Video: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)