Banksy’s Bemusement Park “Dismaland”
Leave it up to Banksy to completely re-imagine and twist the innocent idea of an amusement park. Today, the elusive U.K. street artist unveiled his project “Dismaland- a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism.” Banksy took 2.5 acres of land and created an anti-theme park exhibiting the works of 58 different artists. Banksy is also showing ten new works of art at the park. The park is located on the Weston-super-Mare seafront and is open every day for the next five weeks.
The park has plenty of unusual attractions. The security check-in has guards standing by cardboard metal detectors. Gloom looking park staff members sell balloons saying “I am an imbecile.” One tent at the park sells Adshel bus stop keys for £5 allowing park goers to become aspiring graffiti artists. A shop at the park gives money to children with a 5000% interest rate. A Damien Hirst piece features a unicorn submerged in a tank. There is even a police riot van with a kid’s water slide coming out of it. Some of Banksy’s new work features a women being attacked by seagulls and a whale leaping out of a toilet. His most shocking piece depicts Cinderella in the aftermath of a carriage accident with paparazzi snapping away. After viewing the wreckage, visitors of this piece get a souvenir photograph of themselves in front of the carriage.
This isn’t Banksy’s first venture into amusement parks. In 2006, Banksy put up an inflatable statue of a Guantanamo Bay detainee by one of Disneyland’s most popular rides. The piece stirred tons of controversy and is one of the most memorable moments of Banksy’s film “Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Tickets to Dismaland for the next 10 days go on sale tomorrow for £3. They can be purchased online here or be purchased at the door. For now please check out these photos taken by the Guardian and the Daily Mail in the gallery.