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1. Banksy's 'bemusement park' Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland Banksy's new amusement park is dark, funny, and topical --…
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  • 1. Banksy's 'bemusement park' Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland Banksy's new amusement park is dark, funny, and topical -- everything you'd expect from the controversial street artist. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland Marketed as a "bemusement park," it features work from fellow contemporary artists Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty, and will run for six weeks. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland This Cinderella piece -- taken inside of the decrepit castle at the center of the park, riffs on the death of Princess Diana. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland Over 50 artists from 17 countries are represented among the works shown. However, Banksy did contribute a selection of new works of his own, including this installation of a woman being attacked by seagulls. (Yes, you can take a seat next to her if you want.) Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland This killer whale jumping out of a toilet piece by Banksy was also on the grounds. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland Not every piece was quite so whimsical. This more topical installation -- one of the many games at the amusement park -- makes a powerful statement about the ongoing migrant crisis. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland In fact, many of the artworks shown were politically motivated. This one by Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips makes quite a clear statement about Britain's current political leadership. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland Big Rig Jig, a sculpture by Mike Ross, on display at Dismaland. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland One of the highlights of the exhibition? The staff, who were convincingly glum throughout. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland It's not the first time Banksy has played on the amusement park theme. In a poignantly different scene from earlier in the year, a child in Beit Hanoun walks past a mural that depicts children using
  • 2. an Israeli watchtower as a swing ride. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland In this image, a Palestinian child stands next to a Banksy mural of a kitten on the remains of a house that was destroyed during the battles between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in the Gaza town of Beit Hanun on February 26 of this year. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland The secretive street artist had built his reputation on playful images that began appearing on the walls of London and Bristol in the early 1990s. This image is from 2006. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland Banksy's work often plays with overtly political themes such as surveillance culture and state corruption. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland ...Not to mention many a humorous dig at Britain's police force. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland Banksy famously took his firebrand style to the streets of New York in 2013, with a series of artworks appearing over the course of a month in neighborhoods around the city. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland The amusement park theme also made its way to New York's Lower East Side, during his month-long "residency" with this ghoulish exhibit "Grim Reaper Bumper Car." Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland Despite his anti-establishment roots, Banksy has gone on to garner great enthusiasm from the high- end art market world. This stencil print "Love is in the Air" sold for $248,000 in 2013. Banksy's 'bemusement park': Dismaland But not everyone is a fan.. .This Banksy mural depicting pigeons holding anti-immigration signs was destroyed by the local council in Clacton-on-Sea, England on October 1 after the council received complaints that the artwork was offensive. http://rss.cnn.com/c/35494/f/676993/s/4928c1ca/sc/3/l/0Ledition0Bcnn0N0C20A150C0A80C20A0Car ts0Cgallery0Cbanksy0Edismaland0Cindex0Bhtml0Deref0Fedition/story01.htm
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