2 September 2015

Banksy's Dismaland, Weston-super-Mare

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During Bank Holiday weekend, we indulged in a family trip to see Banksy's Dismaland. All four of us appreciate his work, and I even based my graphic design uni project around his graffiti to portray my feelings regarding animal cruelty. I did well, in case you're wondering. My brother is 15, so naturally he is interested in all things anarchy, but also he's got a great eye and talent in creative subjects.
Dismaland is open until the end of September on the Weston-super-Mare pier and tickets are best obtained online when they go on sale - be wary they go super quick. You can also try and get a ticket on the door but they are not guaranteed and you'll have to queue amongst hundreds of others.

Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers

The miniature town by Jimmy Cauty which I can only describe as post apocalyptic with police and forensics trawling every inch of the ground and riots happening here, there and everywhere, is a truly spectacular scene - so much detail went into producing this scene and it was amongst one of our favourites in the park. 

Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers
Dismaland, Banksy's Dismaland, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers

The experience of Dismaland begins at the beginning where you are greeted by dismal security officers who tell you not to do anything, not even smile and you enter a world which I'm not even going to lie about - I can see being our near future. Ice cream vans burnt to the ground, tiny immigrant boats being chased by tiny police boats, children applying for pocket money loans. It actually makes you think, a lot. Ariel is sat on her rock in the middle of the lake, but her image is distorted just like how so many other girls' image of themselves. 

Cinderella crash was by far the busiest attraction with a line of people queing up to see her around half of the park. A beautiful piece because of the eery sense it leaves you with - she's crashed, and instead of helping her or cleaning up the mess she's surrounded by photographers who want to document the spectacle. I think it's clear to see that the artist focussed on Princess D's death as inspiration for this piece. 

There is also an at gallery which features beautiful and thought provoking paintings, prints and sculptures. I just love Mickey Mouse with a snake as his bottom half - to me it speaks of something so cute and childish like the icon of Disneyland, but underneath it all lies something sinister and dangerous. I also obsessed over Scott Hove's Lion Teeth wall mounts which were displayed in an eerie 'Alice in Wonderland' themed tent. If I could afford one, that would be gracing the most visible spot in my house - the pieces are beautiful. 

Throughout your time in the park, you'll hear the saddest island music which is occasionally interrupted by demoralising messages coming from a child's mouth. The fact it rained the whole time we were there just added to the atmosphere, funnily enough as soon as we left the park it suddenly became scorching hot with plenty of sunshine. 

It's worth going to Dismaland during the time it's open - see inspiring art, get creeped out by Damien Hirsts pickled unicorn, and just have a think. Have a think about the issues which cropped up in the last few years and imagine where as a society we are going to end up very soon. I wasn't shocked by anything that I saw in the exhibition because I've seen it all in the news before.
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2 comments

  1. Wow - you got some amazing pictures. I would love to go to Dismal Land (especially as I live so close to Weston) but I'm not sure if I'll be able to go. It looks SO intense and thought-provoking.

    Lauren x
    http://whatlaurendidtoday.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. Amazing photos - I need to visit Dismaland it looks like such a great experience, Banksys work has always interested me.

    Beth | Bethany Georgina
    x

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