Banksy, the privately educated ‘street artist’ who rose to fame painting rats and vandalising private property, closed his pop-up theme park in Western-super-Mare, “Dismaland”, this weekend. And to prove what a right-on member of the chattering classes he is, all of the scrap from the park will be donated to migrants in Calais.
A statement from the artist 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.”
However, the artist is yet to clarify how migrants in Calais will make use of the scrap wood and various installations featuring the likes of a model migrant boats, a whale in a toilet, Jimmy Savile and an anarchist training camp.
Unfortunately for Banksy, as Breitbart London reported on Sunday, “overwhelmed” charity workers sorting the donations in Calais are now asking for money instead of goods.
Bridget Chapman of Folkestone United, said: “A lot of people were turning up with stuff that wasn’t needed. It’s great that people want to help but sometimes it gets too overwhelming and the process needs to be managed more strategically.
“I went down there last Sunday and it was just chaos; people bringing aid were queuing for miles and some even had to go back across the Channel because it became so crowded.”
Jasmin O’Hara, who volunteers with Cal Aid, said that “the response has been overwhelming,” adding: “If you have old clothes, why not have a jumble sale or a car boot sale? If we keep getting donated clothes and things at this rate it will just become too much.”
Dismaland was a sort of satirical theme park; an edgy and ironic mockery of everything the little people who don’t read The Guardian enjoy – like Tesco, Disney and tabloids – infused with profound messages about the downfall of capitalism and Europe’s racist cruelty in the face of the migrant crisis.
It was wildly successful, selling out every day of its five-week run and attracting some 150,000 visitors in total. North Somerset Council described it as “the center of the contemporary art universe.”