Notorious artist Banksy has spoken of the inspiration behind his latest project, the theme park Dismaland, and has admitted that it is largely based on his one visit to Milwall’s infmaous old home The Den.
The theme park, situated in an abandoned lido in Weston-super-Mare, is Banksy’s attempt at taking entertainment away from what he refers to as ‘corporate over-blandess’, and uses targets such as the Walt Disney Company and football clubs to highlight his point.
He said: ‘We’re trying to get low-income families to come along, and to me nothing can compare to the feelings you used to get walking under the railway bridges along Cold Blow Lane to the old Den. The adrenaline rush, the feeling of being completely unwelcome. Those were good days’.
The entrance plays Millwall’s theme tune ‘Let ’em Come’ on an infinite loop, where riot police accompanied by fierce German shepherd dogs escort customers through the turnstiles, with Banksy adding, ‘if you’re lucky, one of the dogs will maul your kid. We’re going for full authenticity here’.
In addition, paid extras walk the boulevards spitting on customers for no reason, and dark allies, with names such as Cripps Yard and Hurlock Mews, hide menacing groups waiting to jump unsuspecting tourists who have taken a wrong turn.
‘We’re really excited,’ said Banksy, ‘it’s going to be a great day out. And it’s all in the name of art’.