Pseudonymous, ever-mysteriousÂ Banksy wears many different hats: graffiti artist, painter, political activist, and film director. His muralsÂ haveÂ graced a great many walls, from New York toÂ the West Bank and Gaza, with a number of them having been valued highly at auctions.
This weekend and for the next fewÂ weeks, however, the artistÂ will be playing theme park keeper,Â Â as he opens a “bemusement park” called Dismaland in the English seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, where fans will be able to witness the hisÂ biggest, perhaps most ambitious project to date. Tagged “the UK’s most disappointing new visitors attraction,” the 1-hectare park is a collective exhibition featuring works by a group of 58 hand-picked artists. Inside, the venueÂ is created to the details to be a grim, surreal version of amusement parks, asÂ subversive installations and statements referencing current issues and pop culture takeÂ the form of a carouselÂ and a Ferris wheel, among others.
Despite the resemblance in different aspects of the exhibition’s designâ€”from the typeface it uses in its logo, to the castle installed at the center of the parkâ€”Banksy insisted the installation was not a swipe at Disney. “I banned any imagery of Mickey Mouse from the site. It’s a showcase for the best line-up of artists I could imagine, apart from the two who turned me down,” he said in a statement.
Dismaland is open until September 27, with tickets priced at USD$4.7.
For more information, visit Dismaland.Â