Inside Dismaland, Banksy’s surreal amusement park

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Banksy Launches New Outdoor Art Show ‘Dismaland’ in the U.K..

Anonymous street artist/provocateur Banksy has now extended his famed brand of guerilla graffiti into an apocalyptic anti-theme park and exhibition, dubbed “Dismaland.” The 2.5-acre park is located on the grounds of the Tropicana, a shuttered outdoor swimming pool in Weston-super-Mare, U.K., and features art installations from roughly 60 artists including the likes of Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, and Jimmy Cauty, plus 10 artworks from Banksy himself.Street artist Banksy has gone far beyond graffiti this time, setting up Dismaland, an entire Disneyland parody art installation, in the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. (No, this isn’t just a riff on that Bojack Horseman episode where Todd builds his own Disneyland.) Dismaland is real, complete with dour security guards, rainy skies, and terrifying parodies of famous Disneyland attractions.

Open to the public from Aug. 22-Sept. 27, the spectacle will also feature a host of high-profile musical guests to supplement the artwork, including performances from Run The Jewels, Massive Attack, Pussy Riot, Sleaford Mods and Kate Tempest, plus DJs like Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Dapper Dan, DJ Yoda, and Breakbeat Lou. It’s being billed as a festival of “art, amusements, and entry-level anarchism.” Along with Banksy, artistic work from Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer, along with 56 other artists, are displayed throughout.

The pop-up exhibition will also include a gothic sculpture park, a bonfire where books by novelist Jeffrey Archer will be incinerated daily, and an oil caliphate themed mini-golf course, all anchored by a Disney-like castle and a rainbow-colored pinwheel tangled in plastic. The exhibit will also tap into people’s inner anarchist, with purchasable tools to break bus stops and the Jeffrey Archer Memorial Fire Pit, where visitors can revel in a “daily burning” of books. In typical Bansky fashion, the event’s planning and execution were shrouded in secrecy, with the event area plastered in notices about the filming of a movie titled Gray Fox to discourage nosy locals from “spilling the beans” while the site was renovated.

Like much of Banksy’s work, Disamaland carries a political edge (one attraction will be a “boat pond full of asylum seekers,” HuffPost reports), so these musicians should fit right in. The large exhibit has been under construction for the last several weeks, where local residents were told a Hollywood film called “Grey Fox” was being produced. “I guess you’d say it’s a theme park whose big theme is ‘theme parks should have bigger themes,” the BBC reports the artist saying of Dismaland.

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