Banksy's Dismaland is now closed and if you're like me, you had no idea it existed until now. It's heavy on the social commentary and the twisted take on Disneyland -- or maybe the brutally honest take -- highlights the work of Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer.
But even though it's gone and, probably completely dismantled now, Jamie Brightmore filmed the Unofficial Official Film for the anti-amusement park.
Brightmore's film is a little over three minutes and length and it's just enough to get a good idea of what the park was like. In my opinion, it's almost like walking through a nightmare. Everything seems a little creepy without being too alienating.
The messages Banksy -- and the artists -- were trying to send was pretty clear. Every piece in the amusement park has the ability to make the viewer feel unsettled while allowing them to think about what the pieces all symbolize.
One of the more visually startling/most thought provoking pieces that used to be on display at Dismaland (that I've been able to see through the Brightmore's film) is the crumpled pumpkin-like carriage with a faux Cinderella hanging out of the side. But placed with the piece are a crowd of paparazzi taking photographs of the accident. There's a lot that can be said about this particular piece but i think the most striking thing about it is that it, sort of, puts a horribly true lens on the way we -- as a society -- are interested in our celebrities. It's the tragedy that attracts us, not the triumphs.
Even though most of the attractions at Dismaland were pretty graphic; they were mostly successful as an amusement park. They saw about 4,000 visitors daily and a total of 150,000 people got to see Dismaland while it was open.
Located in Weston-super-Mare, U.K. Dismaland was responsible for $30.4 million dollars of revenue and investment being brought into the local economy. And after the dismantling of Dismaland, the timber and the fixtures used in the exhibit will be donated to a refugee camp to build additional shelters.
Banksy's Dismaland was only open for a couple of weeks but it still managed to make its visitors think a little differently about the world around them while doing some good for the community as a whole. I'd say that's pretty good for a horrifying take on Disneyland, eh?