LONDON, Sept. 29 (UPI) — Anonymous artist Bansky’s “Dismaland” theme park is being dismantled and shipped to refugee camps in France.
Banksy, whose identity has never been revealed and whose works can command up to half a million dollars, opened his alternative take on theme parks in London in August. It features a decaying castle that plays off Disney’s Cinderella castle as well as artworks by Bansky and other artists such as Damien Hirst.
Dismaland closed on Sunday and the dismantling of its various pieces began Monday morning. The park’s website says “all the timber and fixtures from Dismaland are being sent to the ‘jungle’ refugee camp near Calais, [France,] to build shelters.”
Many of these migrants are refugees from Syria and are part of the larger population of asylum seekers arriving in the European Union.
Dismaland is billed as “unsuitable for children” and it sold out of entrance tickets for each day it was open — even though Bansky called it “crap.”
Some 4,000 visitors crowded the park each day and was comprised of the work of more than 50 international artists. The park featured a dead Cinderella, a grim reaper in a bumper car, a woman being attacked by seagulls and a killer whale jumping out of a toilet. A conventional remote control motorboat attraction was replaced with a dilapidated barge carrying migrants across a pond.