If you know Banksy from his famously provocative and political street art around the world, then you know to expect some harsh, dark realities when you enter this new theme park. If you don’t know who the anonymous artist is, then you better not expect anything like Disneyland, which is obviously the inspiration for the controversial artist Banksy’s latest work, a new open-air exhibit in England.
The park has billed itself as “the UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction” and warns that it contains “imagery unsuitable for small children and swearing.” This was a serious attempt on the artist’s part to gather the work of the most cutting edge artists in the world right now.
Banksy says the park is a “festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism…I banned any imagery of Mickey Mouse from the site. It’s a showcase for the best line-up of artists I could imagine, apart from the two who turned me down.”
What you will find instead of Mickey and Minnie is a dead princess whose carriage has crashed and is being mauled by paparazzi and migrant boats with people desperately trying to find asylum.
You will also find a cabin in the kids’ area offering “loans against your pocket money.” A riot control vehicle commissioned to serve on the streets of Northern Ireland also lies submerged in a swimming pool that makes pretty patterns from its water cannon.
Banksy wanted to purposely add a very dark element of social criticism to his work as always, and using children as the focus of the art really hits home his message. In doing so, Banksy has banned spray paint, marker pens, knives and all “legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation” from the site.
Do you get the idea that Banksy doesn’t like Disney? You’re probably right. Should you bring the kids? Probably not.