Dismaland: A Wonder Of Bemusement And Sarcasm For All

Dismaland: A Wonder Of Bemusement And Sarcasm For All

Described as the “alternative to the sugar-coated tedium of the average family day out,” Dismaland, also coined the “anti-theme park” opened Aug. 22 (closing Sept. 27) in Weston-super-Mare, a seaside down of Somerset, England. Dreamt up by British street artist Banksy, this humorous, dark-natured pop-up exhibit is only open for five-weeks – so you better book a ticket today.

The theme park is basically a festival for all things art, amusement and entry-level anarchism, according to the Dismaland website. While it’s mostly a spoof of Disneyland, it also layers a coat of paint on some societal issues of today.

The theme park features displays from other comrades of Banky’s as well from all over the world – Damien HirstJenny Holzer and Andreas Hykade to name a few.



Flickr photo via Sleeves Rolled Up

While you may be able to find and see Banksy’s work, he himself is an elusive artist who has built a reputation for his politically and socially revved graffiti displayed in surprising locations.

Luckily for all of us, Dismaland is in plain sight for all to see. Displays to look forward to include a “fantasy” castle, grim reaper on a bumper car, a worker holding “I’m an imbecile” bouquet of balloons, Willy jumping out of a toilet and an “oil caliphate themed” mini-golf course.

Booked your ticket yet? If you’re still on the fence, take a peek at a recently introduced commercial for the park. Advisory: those unimpressed with sarcasm may want to avoid.



Flickr photo via Sleeves Rolled Up

Ironically, the commercial follows a normal, American family through the park. Even though the kids seem to love it, Bansky described his wonderland as a “family theme park unsuitable for children.” Maybe those two were old souls.

The park is made to make you think creatively about society issues and allows a way for your mind to exercise in art interpretation, especially in the interpretation of art your strangest dreams had never imagined.

Banksy even managed to capture the true essence of today’s society– a selfie hole in the middle of an all-white canvas – no hidden meaning required.

Has anyone been to Dismaland? Thoughts?


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