Recently, Banksy’s new Dismaland Bemusement Park has been revealed. In case you have no idea what’s going on, here’s the run down: Banksy, famous for his street art, created a theme park in which he showcases his and others’ art along the theme of criticism of the modern world, especially consumerism.
I have always been a little back and forth with Banksy. While I love his simple artworks that make a point, some things I find a little too cynical. Although Dismaland is extremely depressing, I do think it’s an interesting concept. Banksy directly attacks consumerism by creating something that is the complete opposite. Rather than creating a space that let’s one forget about the horrors of the world, like a typical amusement park, he creates a space that makes you realize and reflect on those horrors.
One of the first criticisms I had about this was that Banksy was doing the same thing the heads of typical amusement parks do, which is appeal to people in order to create a profit. I wondered, how could Banksy criticize others while he was doing the same thing? Upon further investigation, I found out tickets cost £3, or $4.70. I don’t know the expected number of people, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll make a lot of profit when considering the cost of the space, the price of building everything, the price of the creation of art, and paying the special guests and DJ’s he’s hiring every Friday and Saturday. I could be wrong, but I took back my criticism.
I have to give Banksy props. It can’t be easy to point out the evil in the world as a job. I am really looking forward to hearing more about Dismaland.
Photo credit: http://metro.co.uk/2015/08/20/bansky-officially-unveils-dismaland-bemusement-park-complete-with-mini-gulf-course-and-jimmy-savile-punch-and-judy-5352293/#jp-carousel-5352840
Feature photo: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/08/dismaland/