Banksy artwork pays a visit to Glastonbury 2014

The artist's latest work goes for a drive

Chris Eustace on 26 June 2014

The infamous street artist brought his latest work, an installation called The Sirens Of The Lambs, to the site this afternoon.

The piece, a converted Somerset farm truck, featuring animatronic farm animals in obvious distress poking their heads out of the vehicle, was guided around the festival by a man dressed in farmer’s overalls, and is an updated version of the work that debuted in New York last year.

Speaking to The Telegraph, festival organiser Michael Eavis said of the work: “Is it some kind of animal rights thing? I’m not sure about it. Our cows are actually very happy, they have the highest milk yield in the county.

There are numerous examples of Banksy artwork in nearby towns in Somerset, and his art has become a fixture at Glastonbury in recent years, with Thronehenge, a replica of Stonehenge made from festival portaloos, featuring in 2007, while 2008 saw Jay Zeavis, in which Michael Eavis was depicted as headliner Jay Z. Some say the artist outed his real identity at the festival in 2010, where a man dressed as a hippy shouted at a visiting Prince Charles to “re-hempify the UK”. A clip, entitled “Royal Visit, Glastonbury 2010” was uploaded to the artist’s website – the way he confirms works of art as being his own.

Glastonbury 2014 takes place on Worthy Farm, Somerset from 25-29 June. Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian are this year's headliners.

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