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What's Inside Dismaland: Check out the Story of Banksy's Bleak Theme Park through Images

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August 21, 2015
Anika Dačić graduated in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade and is currently pursuing MA in Literary and Cultural Studies. Her interests lie in social and cultural aspects of contemporary art production and she especially enjoys writing about street and urban art. Likes to knit, play adventure video games and host quiz nights at a local bar.

Ever since the rumors about Banksy’s new project started circling around the general public, media and especially his fans were nervously expecting to see if they come true. Now that the Dismaland is open the images of his biggest project to date are breaking the Internet. Everyone is excited to know what is there to see in this parody of Disneyland. In the following paragraphs we are taking a closer look of what’s inside Banksy’s theme park and how he plans to bemuse the visitors in the following weeks.

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Little Mermaid. Photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossal

UK Street Artist Brings New Cinderella’s Castle

Banksy’s distorted version of Disneyland attractions brings the princess castle where real princesses live and where fairytales are not blessed with the happiest ending. When he said that his Bemusement project wasn’t suitable for the younglings he was surely right as his Cinderella’s Castle is bound to brake the hopes and dreams of any little boy or girl emotionally attached to some famous Disney characters.

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The pumpkin chariot crash reminiscent of Princess Diana’s tragic death is sure to frustrate Disney fans and admirers of the iconic national figure. Photo via buzzfeed.com

Two Biggest Instalations: Stallion by Ben Long and Big Rig Jig by Mike Ross

Possibly two of the biggest installations placed on the Weston-super-Mare ground are the Stallion created out of scaffolding by Ben Long and Big Rig Jig, a large-scale interactive piece by Mike Ross made in 2007. The sculpture was originally built for the Burning Man Festival at the American Steel art fabrication shop in Oakland, California, as a commentary of America’s unsustainable oil economy. But, hey that was eight years ago, why not to give it another more attractive purpose.

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Ben Long Stallion. Photo via Juxtapoz
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Big Rig Jig by Mike Ross. Photo via Juxtapoz

Bemusement Theme Park Galleries

Disneyland travesty also includes three galleries showcasing the contemporary artworks of created by 58 renowned international artists. The works on display are conveniently chosen to go along with the dystopian theme and they were described by the UK street art legend as the finest collection of contemporary artworks ever assembled in a North Somerset seaside town.

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Damien Hirst – Beach Ball installation. Photo via arrestedmotion.com
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Dietrich Wegner – Atomic Bomb Mushroom. Photo via arrestedmotion.com

Water Cannon Creek

One of the highlights of the Bemusement Park is definitely an armored police riot vehicle transferred into a waterslide. Placed on a swampy area just outside the princess castle this Water Cannon Creek installation will definitely make any child really happy.

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Water Cannon Creek. Photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossal

Additional Attractions Brought to You by Banksy

What else is there to see at Tropicana? Well Banksy surely created a family-friendly environment with everything you need for your (un)pleasant visit to the amusement park. From the picnic bench by Michael Beitz you are not quite sure how to use, and mini-golf course where your ball is sure to get lost irretrievably after the first hit to the colorful to the safe children’s playground and selfie hole for capturing those perfect memories of your trip. Frustrating and depressing or ingenuous creation, depending on the point of view, we have to admit that Banksy outdid himself this time, and he surely atoned to the fans for the recent period of inactivity.

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To see what else is inside this dystopian world , scroll down and have a peek….

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The funniest thing about the installation is that the Grim Reaper is circling around with Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive from the ‘70s playing in the background. Photo via Guardian
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Picnic bench by Michael Beitz via arrestedmotion.com
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Banksy’s new piece via streetartnews.net
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Miniature Boats with Immigrants. Photo via buzzfeed.com
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Killer whale coming from the toilet via buzzfeed.com
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Selfie Hole. Photo via buzzfeed.com
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Children’s Playground. Photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossal
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Seagul attack. Photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossal

Images in slider via Juxtapoz