”The Bleakiest Amusement Park Ever”
Graffiti artist Banksy has opened what could be the world’s most terrifying, spookiest theme park ever. From today, the abandoned Tropicana outdoor park at Weston-super-mare near Bristol will be transformed into Dismaland, a “bemusement park” with a dark twist on California’s childhood classics. Disneyland, wrapped in a nightmare.
On Thursday, images and video captured inside “Dismaland,” Banksy’s new art exhibition/dystopian amusement park, began making the rounds on social media. They offer a glimpse into a world that’s predictably dark, bizarre and full of satire according to Buzzfeed. Amongst other deceptions, visitors can have the back of their head drawn in a “surprisingly revealing” portrait, or watch the weekly events including live comedy and music from Russian punk activists Pussy Riot.
video by Alex Jefferis
It was produced under top-secret conditions, with a cover story that Dismaland was the location for a film called “Grey Fox” made by Atlas Productions.
Dismaland is one of the largest outdoor installations for the mysterious Banksy, whose satirical work has gained heritage-listed status around the UK and gained fans like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Despite his fame, Banksy has remained fiercely protective of his identity and committed to outdoor stunts, including one in New York where he sold his pictures at a stall near Central Park for a fraction of what they would cost in a gallery. Dismaland features artists like Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Barry Salzman, Dietrich Wagner amongst many others.
Dismaland runs from Aug. 22 to Sept 27, and its website contains a warning that spray paint, knives and “legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation” are strictly prohibited in the park.