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Street artist Banksy's 'Dismaland' is 'escape from mindless escapism'

 Reuters 23 August 2019

Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. The "Bemusement Park" in Weston-super-Mare, an English seaside town, was created by British street artist Banksy and its ‘attractions’ carry his subversive statements and epigrams on Western culture, the media, capitalism and extreme disparities of wealth. Highlights include a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees. The secretive artist, famed for his ironic murals in unexpected places, says his work isn’t a swipe at Disney, rather "a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism". (601 Words) - By Paul Sandle

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited

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Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. It boasts a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. Credit: © Pest Control Limited


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