Following initial reports of a Disneyland-themed amusement park, Banksy has officially unveiled his elaborate “Dismaland” pop-up exhibition. Complete with a detailed website, the show takes place at a former swimming pool, known as the Tropicana, in Weston-super-Mare, about 30 minutes from the artist’s hometown of Bristol. The Dismaland show also includes work from Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty, and will run from August 22 to September 27.
In total, 18 attractions have been created with a series of events planned for every Friday night during the exhibition’s run with DJs every Saturday night. Among the first media to tour the park was Channel 4, whose footage you can watch below.
In what can only be a joke statement Banksy related, “I loved the Tropicana as a kid, so getting to throw these doors open again is a real honour.” The show was done in collaboration with the local council and is Banksy’s first in the UK since 2009’s “Banksy v Bristol Museum.” To keep the project under wraps, locals were told a Hollywood company was filming there, while just this morning the official “Dismaland” sign was erected on the facade of the entrance.
Head to the official website for more information and check out some Instagram images below.
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New @banksy show #dismaland in western super mare, a sleepy sea side town on the west coast of the UK. Complete with dark rain clouds as in all British seaside towns, looks like all the fun of the fair ##banksy #show #graffiti #graffitiart #graffitiprints #streetart #streetartuk
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