Monday, August 24, 2015

Banksy's "Dismaland Bemusement Park"

From Fany Blog.

Banksy, the elusive British artist has once again surprised everyone. After days of speculation about what was taking place in an area of ​​over one hectare on the beach in Weston-super-Mare, we have finally discovered the 'secret'.

'Dismaland', a place dedicated to installations where Disney's world is turned upside down opened on August 22. Amongst the 58 contemporary artists who participated in the project, we can find Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty.

In the middle of the park stands a fairytale castle left intentionally incomplete and derelict. In front, above a pond more like a swamp, stands a statue of the Little Mermaid with barely recognizable features. 

Even Cinderella is not spared and suffers a tragic fate reminiscent of Princess Diana: she lies on an overturned carriage with paparazzi flocking to take photos.

Dismaland, which will remain open for six weeks at an entry price of three pounds, is a unique experience for art lovers, but is "good for small children", as stated by the English artist, who stressed that inside has been banished any image of Mickey Mouse.

Again Banksy managed to maintain until the end a certain aura of secrecy, a characteristic that made him famous and that intrigues his fans around the world.

To ward off the curious, people were told that the park was a Hollywood movie set and a casting for extras had also been organized.

But instead of finding themselves between takes and cameras those who responded to the ad became the guides within Dismaland, with the recommendation to appear depressed and unhelpful.

Dismaland, Weston-super-Mare, is open 11am-11pm until September 27.


I'm not going to Dismaland by Rebecca Mead in The New Yorker.

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