One of the highlights in Banksy’s excellent documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop is when he sneaks an art instillation of inflatable Guantanamo Bay prisoners into the middle of Disneyland. The artist has a fascination with the comic juxtaposition of sterilized, corporate-approved fun and dark reality, and now he’s taken it to the next level with Dismaland.
A new ad has been released highlighting the dark bemusement park, and it’s unmistakably Banksy. Based in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare in south-west England, the theme park boasts angry security guards, crime scenes featuring Disney character, and misery galore. Furthermore, the attraction/exhibit boasts artwork not just from Banksy, but from over 50 artists from 17 countries who share his irreverent sensibilities.
According to CNN, the park, which opened on August 22nd, allows 4,000 visitors per day and tickets are less than $5. If you’re in the area and miss out, that’s like a crime against the unhappiest place on Earth.
Here’s the ad for Dismaland:
And here’s the Disneyland scene from Exit Through the Gift Shop: