Banksy opens Dismaland

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Kayce Fuentes, Staff Writer

Street artist Banksy just opened his largest art exhibition to date called “Dismaland,” a dystopian look on theme parks. The project was kept secret until an eerie run down Disney-like castle popped up in Weston-super-Mare, UK. The locals were told the site was a film set, and it used to be a public pool. The park features the works of over fifty artists from 17 different countries. Each piece commenting on world problems such as capitalism greed, immigration, race relations, and heightened surveillance and security; the park also takes a lot of stabs at Disney.

Banksy is a world famous street artist known for his political graffiti which pops up anywhere from London to Gaza. His artwork explores world issues such as political corruption and war while also giving hope and revolutionist ideas to the general public via stencils and spray paint. Banksy has never been identified, and we may never know the face behind the art.

When you enter “Dismaland” you’ll be greeted by an employee in a dead monotone Mickey Mouse ears and then shoved through rough security before you even see the rotting castle surrounded by murky water.

Big attractions at “Dismaland” include Cinderella’s carriage crashed and paparazzi surrounding it, a Ferris wheel, and carousel. There is also a high interest loan shop for children seeking advances on their allowances, and an art piece of a whale jumping through a hoop into a small bucket. There is also a thirty-foot horse made of scaffolding.

Some of the artists featured include Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jimmy Cauty, Bill Barminski, Caitlin Cherry, Polly Morgan, Josh Keyes, Mike Ross, David Shrigley, Bäst, and Espo. Banksy is also showing 10 artworks of his own, according to Rolling Stone.

An excerpt from the brochure reads. “Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism. Instead of a burger stall, we have a museum. In place of a gift shop we have a library, well, we have a gift shop as well. Bring the whole family to come and enjoy the latest addition to our chronic leisure surplus—a bemusement park. A theme park whose big theme is: theme parks should have bigger themes…This event contains adult themes, distressing imagery, extended use of strobe lighting, smoke effects and swearing. The following items are strictly prohibited: knives, spray cans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney corporation” according to thisiscolossal.com.

Tickets for the interactive “bemusement park” were scooped up almost instantly, with only 4000 tickets being sold a day at less than five dollars. The park opened on August 22nd and the project will only run for five weeks before shutting down. There is a spoof commercial on YouTube for those who still want to peek inside before “Dismaland” closes for good.