Alfred does Dismaland
24th September 2015
This week Alfred has been feeling very dismal, the reason why, at the weekend we visited urban artist Banksy’s much talked about temporary art exhibition, based on an amusement park – Dismaland. Constructed in seaside town Weston-super Mare, Banksy described it as a “family theme park unsuitable for children” and a “a sinister twist on Disneyland.”
Once we had arrived in Weston (as the locals called it) you could not miss the buzz that something big was going on in the town – not only was this sleepy seaside resort full of people who looked like they got lost walking outside our office in Shoreditch, there was also graffiti on the floor with arrows saying ‘Banksy’ pointing you to the park.
The first thing you noticed when you walked into the park was the deconstructed ‘Disney’ castle, a depressing take on the original, but this was only just the start. Inside were plenty more dismal structures and installations to see from a run-down carousel, with a butcher gathering horse-meat, an upturned Cinderella’s coach to a dismal miniature village.
The installations were not the only depressing thing – everyone who worked at Dismaland tried to make the experience as miserable as possible – from throwing the exhibition maps on the floor to smoking – all in all making it a very dismal experience….however one that strangely we would love to repeat!