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Street artist Banksy to send 'Dismaland' timbers to Calais to shelter refugees camped there

FILE  - In this Aug. 20, 2015 file photo,  a view of 'Dismaland' , in Western-super-Mare, Somerset, England.  An anarchic amusement park by street artist Banksy that mocked capitalism and consumer culture has brought an economic boom to a faded seaside town. Banksy's Dismaland "bemusement park" transformed a derelict outdoor swimming pool in Weston-Super-Mare into a macabre parody of a theme park, complete with a derelict castle, a dead Cinderella and a Grim Reaper in a bumper car. Local officials say the attraction, which closes Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 after five weeks, drew more than 150,000 people to the southwest England town of 75,000. (Yui Mok/PA via AP, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015 file photo, a view of 'Dismaland' , in Western-super-Mare, Somerset, England. An anarchic amusement park by street artist Banksy that mocked capitalism and consumer culture has brought an economic boom to a faded seaside town. Banksy's Dismaland "bemusement park" transformed a derelict outdoor swimming pool in Weston-Super-Mare into a macabre parody of a theme park, complete with a derelict castle, a dead Cinderella and a Grim Reaper in a bumper car. Local officials say the attraction, which closes Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 after five weeks, drew more than 150,000 people to the southwest England town of 75,000. (Yui Mok/PA via AP, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

Street artist Banksy has said he will send the material from his closed amusement park in England to France to help shelter refugees camped there.

He said on his Dismaland website Monday that all of the timbers and fixtures from the park are being sent to a refugee camp outside Calais for the construction of shelters. Thousands of refugees are in the greater Calais area seeking entry into Britain.

"Coming soon...Dismaland Calais" the artist said on his posting.

The unusual amusement part that closed Sunday after five weeks poked fun at consumer culture. Tourism body Visit Somerset says the exhibition brought 20 million pounds ($30 million) to the faded seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare. Officials say it drew more than 150,000 people.