Graffiti artist Banksy has announced an exhibition at a derelict seafront lido in Weston-super-Mare. The Dismaland show satirizing Disneyland is a supposed anti-theme park also featuring works from Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty. It will take over the Tropicana site for six weeks.
The show is his first in the UK since 2009's Banksy v Bristol Museum show which drew huge crowds. Banksy described the show as a "family theme park unsuitable for children and lawyers particularly ones from Disney".
He said he was motivated to work on the "alternative to the sugar-coated tedium of the average family day out popular with low incomers" after peering through a gap in the fence in January.
Many of the works require "audience participation".
"A dead princess is only complete when surrounded by gawping crowds with their cameras out or the opportunity to photograph yourself pulling an amazed expression when a killer whale leaps from a toilet," he said.
"I guess you'd say it's a theme park whose big theme is - theme parks should have bigger themes".
The elusive Bristollian whose identity has yet to be confirmed is reputed for painting politically and socially charged graffitis placed in surprising locations.
Details of the park are kept tight lipped while only four members of the co-partner North Somerset Council, know of what is going to happen.
The apocalyptic theme park - is said by peerers to feature a range of bleak, dystopian versions of Disneyland from a grim fantasy castle to an "oil caliphate themed" mini-golf course. In one depiction the books of Jeffrey Archer, a popular British novelist and former politician are seen burned each day in a fire pit. ?The Guardian