Banksy has made a name for himself and is now hailed as one of the giants of progressive street art. His infamous, controversial, and polarizing exhibit “Dismaland” has since attracted both the admiration of die-hard fans and the criticism of the art intelligentsia.
However, it certainly seems that Banksy is now more than ready to put his money where his mouth is, as he makes a move to send the materials used to create his “bemusement park” over to Calais, France to build shelters for homeless refugees in the area.
The artist’s announcement on the website reads: “”Coming soon… Dismaland Calais: All the timber and fixtures from Dismaland are being sent to the ‘jungle’ refugee camp near Calais to build shelters. No online tickets will be available.”
The refugee problem was just one of the many uncomfortable topics Banksy and his team of fellow artists broached in the exhibit located in the seaside town of Weston-super Mare, with one jarring installation dedicated to it, couched in the mechanics of game with no clear winners in the end.
“Dismaland put the quiet seaside town of Weston-super Mare on the map. The park, which closed Sunday after five weeks, drew crowds far and wide of more than 150,000 who poured £20 million ($30 million) into the area, patiently waiting in the sun for a chance to walk through the cardboard security inspection booth and scowled at by miserable park staff.
Banksy is no stranger to ruffling feathers when it comes to social issues, as his fellow like-minded artists agree. Shock feminist activist band Pussy Riot debuted their newest single “Refugees In”, which criticized how European countries were handling the crisis. They also encouraged exhibit-goers and audience members to come in masks, so that Banksy could blend in and enjoy the closing concert along with everyone else.
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