For over 20 years the shadowy and mysterious street artist Banksy has been creating his brand of ‘guerrilla’ art all over the world and even more recently via live media on the form of the film ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ and a handful of satirical political commentaries on Youtube. In 2015 he took his unique visual and political points of view to a new level though, creating a theme park, or as he put it ‘bemusement park’ in the English seaside town of Weston-super-Mare and for one glorious month at the end of the summer guests were invited to visit ‘Dismaland’ to enjoy a truly surreal theme park experience for just £3(about $4.50)
The “festival of art, amusements, and entry-level anarchism” is now unfortunately over and much of the material on the site is being sent to Calais, France to house refugees; “Coming soon … Dismaland Calais,” a statement on the park’s website announced “All the timber and fixtures from Dismaland are being sent to the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp near Calais to build shelters. No online tickets will be available.”
For those who are disappointed to have missed out on the chance to experience the gloom of Dismaland for themselves we can still offer up some consolation in the form of a brief ‘guided’ tour of Banksy’s most adventurous project to date.