Banksy’s Dismaland will go to Calais to shelter migrants

Britain’s most disappointing tourist attraction is to be dismantled and sent to Calais to be shelter for migrants, creator Banksy has revealed.

Work to take down Dismaland begins today and the elusive street artist said all the timber and fixtures from the so-called Bemusement Park would be sent to ‘The Jungle’ camp, where thousands are camped.

An estimated 5,000 migrants displaced from countries including Syria, Libya and Eritrea are believed to be camped in and around the French port.

On the Dismaland website, Banksy had posted a picture of the migrant camp in Calais and had superimposed onto it his fire-ravaged fairytale Cinderella Castle.

Banksy’s Dismaland will go to Calais to shelter migrants

In a message accompanying the picture, he wrote: “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 theme park opened at a derelict seaside lido at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset and even though Banksy branded it “crap”, that did not stopped thousands of people visiting.

Banksy’s Dismaland will go to Calais to shelter migrants

The controversial attraction featured migrant boats, Jimmy Savile, and an anarchist training camp and there were long queues to get inside when it first opened on August 22. The exhibition sold out every day of its five-week run, attracting around 4,000 people a day — meaning around 150,000 in total have visited.

When Dismaland opened, Banksy described the park as “a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism”, adding: “This is an art show for the 99% who’d rather be at Alton Towers.”

The Bristol-based artist later told The Sunday Times: “This is not a street art show. It’s modelled on those failed Christmas parks that pop up every December — where they stick some antlers on an Alsatian dog and spray fake snow on a skip.

Banksy’s Dismaland will go to Calais to shelter migrants

“It’s ambitious, but it’s also crap. I think there’s something very poetic and British about all that.”

The process to decommission Dismaland is expected to take three weeks.

North Somerset Council is already discussing the potential to host other events and exhibitions at the Tropicana site in the future.

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