Yesterday, street artist Banksy unveiled his newest project: Dismaland, a 2.5-acre theme park that he described as an “art show for the 99 percent who would rather not be at an art show.”
Dismaland includes the works of Banksy along with 50 other artists, including Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty. The nightmarish project was kept secret until yesterday when the new “bemusement” park was revealed as being in the abandoned Tropicana swimming resort of Weston-super-Mare in the United Kingdom.
The brochure for Dismaland reads:
“Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism. Instead of a burger stall, we have a museum. In place of a gift shop we have a library, well, we have a gift shop as well…This event contains adult themes, distressing imagery, extended use of strobe lighting, smoke effects and swearing. The following items are strictly prohibited: knives, spraycans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney corporation.”
The park is only set to be open for the next five weeks and price for a general admission ticket is set at an outrageous 3 pounds ($4.70). However, because of what the park’s site describes as “unprecedented demand,” tickets are now only available at the door, reports the BBC.
In the October issue of Juxtapoz, Banksy writes that the “scrappy, incoherent and self-obsessed” park is like a “neglected prison yard” and that it’s a “deadly serious attempt to assemble a show that takes stock of its generation.”