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PHOTOS: Banksy's take on 'the happiest place on earth'

The bemusement park is opening this weekend.

BANKSY HAS OPENED his first UK show in six years: Dismaland.

The exhibition, located at the Weston-super-Mare seafront, is based on the graffiti artist’s take on Disneyland.

As well as ten of his own works, the so-called ‘bemusement park’ features pieces from other artists including Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer.

According to the BBC, Banksy described the show as a “family theme park unsuitable for children”.

The artist added that many of the works require “audience participation”.

A dead princess is only complete when surrounded by gawping crowds with their cameras out or the opportunity to photograph yourself pulling an amazed expression when a killer whale leaps from a toilet.

The exhibition’s website includes the small print: “The following are strictly prohibited in the Park – spray paint, marker pens, knives and legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation.”

PHOTOS: Banksy's take on 'the happiest place on earth'
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  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

    Source: Yui Mok
  • Banksy's Dismaland preview

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The Guardian is reporting that the exhibition was opened to journalists today, before a ‘locals only’ day tomorrow. It will be open to the general public from Saturday for six weeks.

Demand for tickets – capped at 4,000 a day, and priced at £3 (about €4.20) each – is expected to be very high.

Banksy’s last show in the UK, Banksy v Bristol Museum, was held in 2009.

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Órla Ryan

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