Legendary Street Artist Banksy Will Donate His Dismaland Art to Aid in Europe’s Refugee Crisis (Video)
For weeks now, the news of the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe has dominated headlines around the world. As millions flee civil war in Syria and other humanitarian crises in the region, European countries have become ground zero for an influx of migrants, some welcoming them with open arms and others less enthused about the prospect of taking on countless refugees. France lies somewhere on the more welcoming end of that spectrum, and as the days progress and the flow of migrants shows no signs of ebbing, the country has begun to implement refugee camps as a means of sheltering the migrants.
In a recent development, it has been revealed that materials left over from Banksy’s “Dismaland” art exhibit will be donated to help the cause. Dismaland – a comically macabre version of Disneyland – was a tourist attraction that stayed open for five weeks in Weston-super-Mare, England. Roughly 20 million people made their way to the seaside resort town to experience the renowned street artist’s most ambitious and extensive project yet. Consisting of work from dozens of global artists, the park was described by Banksy himself as “festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism.” As most of his creations do, the art and spectacle at Dismaland all referenced social issues of some kind, and as reported by NPR, even spoke directly to Europe’s migrant crisis, particularly “an installation showing a boat packed with migrants floating on a pond” which will now “provide more concrete aid.”
Dismaland also incorporated live performances from artists like De La Soul, Run the Jewels, and Pussy Riot. For a glimpse of the park, check out the video below and for more on this story, read “Banksy’s ‘Dismaland’ To Be Dismantled And Sent To House Migrants In France” at NPR.