Some call it “depressing.” Some think it’s “too dark.” But it sure has perspective.
The sinister take on Disneyland has been secretly assembled by the British artist. His twist of the happiest place on Earth is, in fact, a “family theme park unsuitable for children.”
Situated on the 2.5 acre of Tropicana lido is Banksy’s version of “a festival of art, amusements, and entry level anarchism” which includes a Cinderella’s castle and works by 58 artists, including Jenny Holzer, Damien Hirst and Jimmy Cauty. Banksy revealed that he contacted the “best artists I could imagine,” to exhibit, with only two artists who rejected.
In order to keep the project a secret, local residents were told that “Atlas Productions” were filming a crime thriller called Grey Fox, with signs of the film title posted near what would eventually be the bemusement park. The movie had an IMDB page, describing the film as:
American ex con Derek Glass moves to a seaside town in the west of England to reinvent himself, until he is pursued by rookie female con artist looking for a mentor.
Once locals began to spot Holly Cushing, Banksy’s manager, on site last week, rumors began to trail that Banksy might possibly be involved with the project.
Banksy specifically chose the site because it had been abandoned since the turn of the century. Here, he wanted to create a post-modem show.
Since Banksy vs Bristol Museum exhibition in 2009, Banksy hasn’t held a major exhibition in the UK until now. In regards to Dismaland, the British graffiti artist/political activist/film director/painter said:
This is an art show for the 99% who’d rather be at Alton Towers.
Dismaland is still full of good ol’ amusement park attractions, but all presented with a satirical twist, or Banksy’s touch, if you will. The “crazy gulf” attraction, for example, is an oil caliphate-themed crazy golf course.
Dismaland’s website, which launched last Thursday, provides a warning:
Contains uneven floor surfaces, extensive use of strobe lighting, imagery unsuitable for small children and swearing. The following are strictly prohibited in the Park: spray paint, marker pens, knives and legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation.
The park opened on Saturday, Aug. 22 and will continue until Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is £3 (free for under fives.) As if you needed one more reason to visit England. Here’s one for the art history books!
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