Saturday, August 22, 2015

Dismaland: Not the Happiest Place on Earth

Well, here's a theme park we won't be going to anytime soon.
It's called Dismaland, a Bemusement Park --the name of which pretty much speaks for itself.

The park is the brainchild of UK'e ever-elusive street artist, Banksy, who's known for his works that  aim to unnerve people in its realistic dark humour. What makes this park even more 'special'? More artists of the same dark inclination has joined in to create this 2.5 acre gloomy gallery.

A sneak peak.
Dismaland puts sad satire on Disneyland's familiar attractions.

Dismlaland pokes eerie fun on society's typical brand of amusement.

Dismaland feeds anarchic symbolism in almost every corner.

Other lovely yet disturbing installations riddle the area.

There is no doubt that Dismaland is intriguing, awe-inspiring, exhilarating, and even enlightening. One thing's for sure though, you don't leave Dismaland a happy camper. Dismaland makes you think, question things. It changes you. For the good or for the bad is entirely up to you.

If you're in the mood for doom and are anywhere near the seafront of Weston-super-Mare in England, then come over from August 22 to September 27 of this year. Dismaland is ready for you.

One piece of advice: Leave the kids behind. While I agree that kids need to have their eyes open to certain truths in the world, what's wrong with holding onto rainbows and unicorns for a while longer?

*Photos from the Dismaland website, The Guardian, and Time

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