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Banksy’s Dismaland A Dark Twist On Family Theme Parks

Photos from UK graffiti artist Banksy’s latest art instalment have recently flooded the internet. Dismaland, an art amusement park and most obviously a play on Disneyland, opens tomorrow for viewing and runs until September 27th.

Dismaland is an art show house inside a neglected Tropicana building in Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset, England. It is described by Banksy as a “family theme park unsuitable for children”. A fact that is most certainly true when a majority of the images depict distorted and dark Disney-esq images that would ruin a five-year old’s love for the fairy tale world.

The exhibition features ten installations done by Banksy and other artists such as Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer.

Most notable installations include a fire-ravaged Disney-style castle with a distorted Ariel statue sitting out front in murky water, a grim reaper riding a bumper car, a killer whale (Free Willy) jumping out of a toilet into a hoop, and a pumpkin carriage flipped upside down with Cinderella falling out the side while a group of paparazzi take photos off to the side.

source: Christopher Jobson for Colossal
source: Christopher Jobson for Colossal

Dismaland is Banksy’s largest art show to date. It will run for five weeks from 11am until 11pm daily, with an admission fee of three pounds or free for those less than five years old.

Described on the official website as a “festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism”, Dismaland is sure to attract a number of visitors, many of whom will aim to understand the mystery and meaning of Banksy’s work.

However, not all visitors will be permitted- as the Dismaland website clearly states that along with spray paint, marker pens, and knives, legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation are prohibited in the park.

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