Dismaland Bemusement Park

51.3474° N—2.9773° W

Dismaland is a temporary art project organized by street artist Banksy, constructed in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. I’ve always been intrigued by Bansky’s work so when I went back home to the UK for a visit getting tickets was at the top of the to-do list.

“It’s a flawed concept” – Banksy. 

We managed to get tickets online even though they sold out within minutes. The day we visited the weather was overcast, windy with the occasional drizzle adding to the dismal experience. Before entering the park you have to go through Banksy’s security checkpoint, an airport-like cartoon-esque room created entirely from cardboard where staff ask you a series of questions ultimately setting the tone for the day, mocking everyone who enters creating a wonderfully under comfortable atmosphere – a female staff member mocked my general appearance and she asked me if I had been “rolling around in the grass?” and then called me”a hussy” and told my party to get a move on. Immediately after going through the ‘cardboard’ full body scanner I was targeted by another staff member who took me to the side, looking me up and down whilst scanning me with a ‘cardboard’ hand scanner. He demanded to see my ticket and asked me my name, unfortunately for me the ticket was booked in my sisters name. He informed that this was a big problem and I would not be able to enter the park, he then proceeded to pretend to talk to someone on his ‘cardboard’ walkie talkie and then told me that I would allowed to enter the park this time. Then he made me take my shoes off (which he again scanned) and then I was told to go, making me put my shoes back outside (after it has been raining). Well, at least I was finally in – I proceeded straight to the bar for a double vodka and diet coke to help me deal with the traumatic experience.

 

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