In a new eerie exhibit assembled by the world’s most famous street artist, “Dismaland” invites the whole family to Banksy’s dystopian take on Disneyland, “the happiest place on earth.”
Visitors are treated to such happy installations as a lifeless Cinderella seen draped from a mangled pumpkin carriage crash surrounded by paparazzi, a creepy grim reaper in bumper car and a woman mauled by a flock of seagulls on a bench.
As The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna reports the exhibit has taken over the Tropicana swimming pool site in the English resort town of Weston-super-Mare for five weeks. The exhibit also features work from Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty, the BBC reports.
“I loved the Tropicana as a kid, so getting to throw these doors open again is a real honour,” Banksy told the BBC. The artist said that that the exhibit also involves audience participation, “A dead princess is only complete when surrounded by gawping crowds with their cameras out, or the opportunity to photograph yourself pulling an amazed expression when a killer whale leaps from a toilet,”the artist said.
According to the Guardian, the Tropicana first opened in 1937 and once said it had the highest diving boards in Europe; the site closed in 2000. The artist told the paper that the exhibit is “a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism.”
“I guess you’d say it’s a theme park whose big theme is – theme parks should have bigger themes,” the artist also told the Guardian.
Here’s a look inside:
And Mashable’s Tim Chester shared some great vines of the exhibit: