Acclaimed artist Banksy has released a “television advert” for his dystopian theme park Dismaland which promises visitors a place where “all your dreams come true”. There is a wealth of good Victorian architecture which I doubt Jonathan Jones encountered as he penned his venomous article against Banksy and the other artists as well as the town hosting the exhibition.
Long queues formed outside Dismaland as residents of North Somerset waited to catch a glimpse of the exhibits inside.
“The whole (concept) of Dismaland is wonderful, in terms of helping us capitalize on all those (regeneration) ambitions and bringing the whole thing to force”.
Anthony Hamer-Hodges wrote: “I guess the misery of queuing and a crashing website is part of the satire #Dismaland”.
A spokeswoman for Banksy said: “The website is getting a lot of traffic so people have to bear with it”.
Banksy, though, insisted the work is more about showcasing the artists and not an insult to The Walt Disney Co., according to The Guardian.
This year’s hottest theme park features dead princesses, intentionally rude staff members, bleak black balloons, a defunct online ticketing system, funeral games, seemingly endless rain, a “selfie hole” surrounded by emptiness, not-so-subtle reminders of economic inequality and a grim reaper riding the bumper cars – most of which is purposeful, some, not so much.
Bristol street artist Banksy has claimed his latest project, Dismaland, is not a protest against Disney. Inside three galleries that flank the lido he introduces us to artists such as Caroline McCarthy, who produces cardboard pot plants from the packaging of microwaveable meals, and Jimmy Cauty, who shows a postapocalyptic landscape in miniature in which thousands of pin-sized British policemen murder the citizens they are meant to serve.
Dismaland runs twice a day from Saturday until September 27. Tickets are on sale for £3 (less than $5).