Bansky describes the twisted take on Disneyland an “alternative to the sugar-coated tedium of the average family day out . Or just somewhere a lot cheaper.”
Britain’s twisted take on Disneyland is going through another metamorphosis.
Elusive British street artist Banksy says his now-closed Dismaland “bemusement park” will be dismantled and its parts will be shipped to Calais, France where they’ll provide shelters for Europe’s migrants flooding the continent.
“Coming soon… Dismaland Calais,” the Dismaland website reads, under an image of the Dismaland castle standing in the middle of the migrant camp. “All the timber and fixtures from Dismaland are being sent to the ‘jungle’ refugee camp near Calais to build shelters. No online tickets will be available.”
The park, which featured work from more than 50 artists, included installments of a run-down version of Sleeping Beauty’s castle and a morbid scene of the paparazzi snapping picturess of a dead Cinderella.
In August, tickets for Dismaland sold out within hours of going on sale, and officials say the park attracted more than 150,000 visitors and $30 million, the BBC reported.
The park closed on Sept. 27 but there’s little information on who is building the shelters or how the project would work.
Banksy, in an interview with the Sunday Times, said the decision to dismantle the parody theme park was in an effort to start a conversation about the refugee crisis.
“I feel like my generation was the first to deal with the mass media beaming the world’s problems to us in real time,” he said. “I remember the baked beans cooling in my mouth as Newsround showed pictures of flies crawling over the faces of African babies. Mostly we’ve chosen to deal with this by cocooning ourselves, that we can live with the guilt.”
Conditions at the refugee camp in Calais, which is now home to 5,000 people from East Africa and the Middle East, have sparked anger from UN officials who say that the British and French need to do more to help refugees camping there.