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Banksy's "Dismaland" theme park opens

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 01:33

Graffiti artist Banksy unveils his latest project - ''Dismaland'', a ''bemusement park'' filled with political and post-modern artwork. Joel Flynn reports.

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Imagine a world full of castles, rainbows and princesses. If you're thinking cheery thoughts - chances are you're in the wrong themepark. This is Dismaland, in western England - Banksy's latest instalment. It might look like something from a Disney fairytale - but take a closer look and you'll find what's on show here is a long way from happily ever after. SOUNDBITE: Painter, Lee Madgwick, saying (English): "It's the dystopia, it's the surreal, the humour, the ugly, it's all of those things, the urban environment he picks to a tee, so it's all of that really." Called the "Bemusement Park", the tagline for it is "the UK's most disappointing new visitor attraction." Curated by Banksy, the park features work by other artists including Damien Hirst. Installations range from the intriguing to the horrific. One highlight - boats filled with models of refugees which can be controlled by visitors. All designed to evoke controversy. SOUNDBITE: Juxtapoz Magazine Editor, Evan Pricco, saying (English): "Like there's a really good contrast of different styles of art here, especially with political implications, just pure play implications. And then, you know you have kind of the outsider king of them all, Banksy just kind of getting all these people together. It's kind of a special thing." Western culture, the media, and capitalism are all the targets of artists here. Banksy's own work has previously targeted them - and sold to celebrities including Brad Pitt and Christina Aguilera. "Dismaland" is open to the public until September 27.

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Banksy's "Dismaland" theme park opens

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 01:33