Banksy’s Dismaland – located in Weston-super-Mare’s abandoned Tropicana building – was expected to open for six weeks but reportedly closed on Sunday at 10pm after five weeks. The supplies used to create the satirical and most talked of “Bemusement” park are now being taken apart and transported to Calais, France to create a safe place for refugees. In true Banksy style the unexpected news was reported sarcastically via the Dismaland website, featuring a picture of the Cinderella Castle and the camps set up, which you can see below:
The statement said: “Coming soon… Dismaland Calais. 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.” Despite the statement given on the website, the theme park was still in popular demand, with an estimated six million people who tried to purchase the sold out tickets, leaving many disappointed. Dismaland was advertised as “the UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction,” The park overflowed with gruesome images of Disney princess murders, along with insulting souvenirs like the “I am an Imbecile” balloons.
However, the number of refugees from Syria, Libya and Eritrea – homeless and camping in the French port town – is said to be 5000, which is heart-wrenching, so the closure of Dismaland could make a huge difference in helping those in need right now. In the peak of the park’s success Banksy told The Sunday Times, “(Dismaland) is ambitious, but it’s also crap,” adding “I think there’s something very poetic and British about all that.” The deconstruction of the park will take three weeks to complete. Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts on the closure or send us a tweet @Lost_Culture
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