The world of abandoned amusement parks is creepy and generally not accessible to the general public — until now.
Graffiti artist and political activist Banksy has launched his latest exhibition in the United Kingdom called Dismaland, featuring a dystopian theme park packed with artwork from 58 international artists. The project, billed as the "U.K.’s most disappointing new visitor attraction," was built on the site of a derelict seaside swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, U.K.
As you can see in the fantastic trailer below, Dismaland offers a depressing and brilliant alternative to what the brochure describes as the "soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out."
"In essence it’s a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism," Banksy told the Guardian in a rare interview. "A place where you can get your counterculture easily available over the counter. A theme park for the disenfranchised, with franchises available. I guess you’d say its a theme park whose big theme is — theme parks should have bigger themes."
Some of the attractions on display include a ruined version of Cinderella's Castle (complete with toppled carriage and horses surrounded by paparazzi), a Grim Reaper hogging the bumper cars, a broken carousel, roving protesters, and plenty of faux security, cameras, and a general lack of greenery of any kind. Banksy also hired dozens of people to pose as Dismaland staff — all with slumped shoulders, soulless expressions and unhelpful dispositions.
The exhibition, which opened on Aug. 22 and will close on Sept. 27, has been receiving praise on Twitter, with many enjoying the dark humor of the experience.
Unfortunately, if you're planning on going to Dismaland, you'll have to get in line. The 4,000 allotted daily tickets are selling out fast. While only a little less than $5, the Guardian is reporting that some scalpers have been selling them online for almost $1,000 a pair.
In the theme of things, that somehow feels fitting.