Banksy’s Dismaland Bemusement Park, which opened in August on the Weston-super-Mare seafront in southwest England, closed this weekend.
It was billed as a “bemusement park” with the anonymous artist himself describing the pop-up “family” attraction in Weston-super-Mare as “unsuitable for children”.
Some 4,500 paying customers have entered every day since it opened five weeks ago, egged on by hundreds of thousands of social media postings across the world.
Tourism chiefs in North Somerset predict it has brought £20m of business to the seaside town; statistics that could make any national arts venue drool. . .
But while lesser-known artists design their own methods to get noticed, David Lee believes they will never produce anything on as grand a scale as Banksy, who offers an “antidote to all that clever stuff”.
“His art, being facile and superficial, is popular with those who don’t generally like the sort of conceptualism foisted on them by the art establishment,” he said.
Banksy has said that all the fixtures and timber from Dismaland will be sent to Calais to build shelters for people in the camps there.