Banksy’s ‘Dismaland’ Challenges Authority, Fairytales

Banksy's 'Dismaland'
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WESTON-SUPER-MARE, England, Aug. 21 (UPI) — Banksy, England’s infamous, controversial and conversation-stirring graffiti artist, will open the doors to his newest exhibition, Dismaland, this week.

The gloomy “bemusement park” features unhappy employees, sinister attractions and a fire-damaged Cinderella castle fashioned after those at Disneyland parks. Reports say¬†Banksy describes his newest public attraction as a “family theme park unsuitable for children.”

Artwork and installments criticizing, critiquing and straight-up defaming various social issues, injustices and norms by other artists dons most of its walkways — an unlikely occurrence within a Banksy project.

A crashed Cinderella coach being hoarded by paparazzi, a towering windmill suffocated by plastic and a sculpture of an orca jumping out of a toilet and through a hoop are just some of the art pieces on display at Dismaland.

The theme park reportedly features art by about 50 international artists including Damien Hirst, Bill Barminski, Caitlin Cherry, Polly Morgan and others.

The show takes place within the confining walls of a long-abandoned public swimming pool area called the Tropicana — a place frequented by a young Banksy before its closure.

“Getting to throw these doors open again is a real honor,” Banksy said in a statement.

Dismaland will be open to the public for five weeks starting Aug. 22. Tickets, priced at around $5 each, are limited. Visitors are encouraged to book a time slot for guaranteed entry to the park.


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