Progressive Graffiti

Satirical Street Artist, Banksey, Strikes Again!

The work of mysterious satirical street artist, Banksey, strikes again. He has erected an anti-amusement park, called Dismaland, in the English coastal town of Weston-super-Mare. (Sounds a bit ‘French’ to me.)

Enter Dismaland: Banksy’s New Disneyland Parody Brings Life to British Coastal Town (Link)

The dark parody of Disneyland – aptly named Dismaland – is the latest project of British street artist Banksy. The famous ‘guerilla’ artist first appeared 20-years ago in the U.K., where his political and often provocative work quickly made him the biggest name in the international street-art scene. ~ Tara John, Time

What a masterful creative action! Dismaland uses this intensly dark humor to reflect the dystopian underbelly of our middle-class fantasy.

Or do you think he’s saying something else? Go ahead – great art is open to interpretation.


Dr. Rex’s blog clued me into Banksy’s latest project.

In case you’re wondering, the mysterious Banksy’s identity was revealed several years ago.

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

17 Comments

  • I didn’t mean that Logo …. I liked it!! There was another one which I was wondering about. The one you removed I’ve seen in google images. Public domain?? Wonder …. laters!!

      • The logo is from the Dismaland site. I put it in a frame, added the blue text. I probably shouldn’t have done that. My blog theme practically demands a featured image, and while I often create my own graphics for featured images to avoid misuse of other peoples’ work, this time I succumbed to temptation and played with the logo.

        From what I’ve read, bloggers need to be much more careful about using images found online. It’s not enough to cite an image, you should get permission to use it (unless a CC says you can freely use it, even then you need to include the CC link in the citation). Using image URL links also is not a good practice.

        I’m still trying to curb myself from all bad habits regarding image use. YouTube screenshots are OK to use. If a picture quote indicates who created the image, say with a website address, they probably want people to share it. For instance, when Bernie Sanders puts up an image of himself with his own words on his own Facebook page, he hopes it will be shared far and wide. But when it isn’t so obvious, we bloggers should be cautious. Copyright limitations are a factor when it comes to quotes. Finally, I’ll share the best source I’ve ever found for wonderful free images to that don’t require an attribution: Pixabay.

        Sorry, Dr. Rex, if this was more info than you wanted. Obviously, I have guilt issues. I’m going to remove that Dismaland image from my site! You may want to do the same.

      • Happy for the info. always want to learn as much as I can …. which picture are you removing?

        The graphic I mean is an orange/oink one that seems to have round, white, sun and a paint brush touching with what could be an animal’s tale … did you make this one?

        Thanks so much for your prompt response!! Hugs … :-)

        PS … Feel free to call me Horty. :-)

      • I removed the Dismaland logo image. When I wrote that reply to you, Horty, I forgot I used the paintbrush image for featured image. I used a Noun Project icon to make it, which is free to use with proper attribution. Which I have done – Aware & Fair has an Attributions page accessible from the menu. Cite me or Aware & Fair as image source, and you’re good to go – that is, if you wanted to use it. BTW, I think the paintbrush is leaving a trail of paint. But it could be an animal’s tail! or an elephant trunk!

  • my mom’s hometown & totally something she would do.you made my day with this article. thank you.

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