Dystopian theme park "Dismaland" is turning its frown upside down for thousands of refugees in France.
The U.K. art exhibit, described by its creator Banksy as a "festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism," has been drawing massive crowds over the last several weeks eager to glimpse its soulless and haunting attractions. An estimated 150,000 people visited the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare, with more than $30 million benefiting the local economy.
Upon its closing yesterday, the official website revealed a new franchise location –– Dismaland Calais. All timbers and fixtures from the 2.5-acre site will be repurposed for refugee camps outside Calais, France.
"No online tickets will be available," the site informed.
Conditions in the camp outside Calais, nicknamed "The Jungle," have grown worse as the population has swelled to more than 3,000 in the last few weeks. Peter Sutherland, the United Nations special representative on migration, recently told The Guardian he was horrified by the scene.
“[The UN and other agencies] are inundated with what they are trying to do in the countries that are taking millions of refugees, and here we have 3,000 people in what one might describe as two of the wealthiest countries in the world and they are just being left there," he said. "It is just shameful.”