A new yet eerie exhibit has had its first customers go through its gates; it’s the theme park of your nightmares. Graffiti artist Banksy has turned a derelict outdoor swimming pool into an exhibition called Dismaland. It also features work from Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, and Jimmy Cauty, and will be open for five weeks.
‘Dismaland’: Banksy’s anti-Disney theme park:
The first official confirmation of the project was made to the Weston Mercury on Thursday when it reported details of a “locals only” day on Friday. Banksy told the Mercury. “I hope everyone from Weston will take the opportunity to once more stand in a puddle of murky water eating cold chips to the sound of crying children,” The Guardian wrote.
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According to The Washington Post, visitors are treated to such happy installations as a lifeless Cinderella seen draped from a mangled pumpkin carriage crash surrounded by paparazzi, a creepy grim reaper in a bumper car, and a woman mauled by a flock of seagulls on a bench.
Banksy described the show as a ‘family theme park unsuitable for children.’
He said to the BBC, he had been motivated to work on the site, which had been “popular with low income holiday makers” after peering through a gap in the fence in January.
New ‘Banksy’ theme park launch:
Nigel Ashton, leader of North Somerset Council, said: “We have been working closely with the organisers for months now, and for obvious reasons, have had to remain tight-lipped about the true nature of the event. In fact, only four people in the entire council knew what was really happening.”
Holidaymaker Mike Rogers, 64, from Bristol, said to the Mirror: “This could be the biggest thing to hit Weston-Super-Mare since the Beatles came to town in July 1963. Banksy’s work is always controversial, but this has got to be good for the town. I went to see the Beatles and they were brilliant—it was the start of Beatle-mania, and everyone went wild. The Fab Four posed in Victorian swim suits and straw boaters on the beach—it would be great if Banksy could pull in the crowds.”
Well, it’s not my cup of tea, but I’m sure there will be a lot of people who will go to see it.