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Dismaland

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In 2015, the internationally renowned anonymous street artist Banksy conceived of Dismaland, a month-long pop-up exhibition held in Somerset, England. A dark twist on the original Disneyland brought to life by Walt Disney, the “theme park” featured scenes and artworks characteristic of Banksy’s satirical and subversive street art. Although Dismaland has long been dismantled, artworks from the project have survived, including the artist’s manipulation of various forms of currency, and Police Riot Van, a print that features children playing on a derelict police riot van. Banksy also invited other artists to exhibit works at Dismaland, including Jenny Holzer, Damien Hirst, and David Shrigley. Dismaland attracted over 150,000 visitors from all over the world, with visitors often waiting for hours to get in and experience the “magic” for themselves.

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