On the weekend of August 21, 2015, the “UK’s most disappointing” visitor attraction – appropriately named “Dismaland” – opened its gates to the public for five weeks. Despite uninviting taglines, referring to the site as a “family theme park unsuitable for children” and “a sinister twist on Disneyland,” people from around the world lined up to get a glimpse of Dismaland’s eerily dystopian landscape. For those who want to relive the trip (or experience it for the first time), Dismaland will now be brought back to life through British photographer Barry Cawston’s new book, Are We There Yet?
Happy April Fools Day! In honor of celebrating this crazy holiday, we’ve put together a list (a real list, no hoaxes here!) of some of the best pranks and hoaxes in New York City over the years. While some are legitimate, others are just actual fake or historically inaccurate infrastructures and objects. So, for a good laugh on this April Fools Day here are 10 of the city’s pranks, hoaxes, and the like. We certainly had a good time putting this together! (more…)
Banksy’s Upper West Side piece depicting “Hammer Boy,” now preserved with plexiglass. Image via Scott Christian for the Guardian
Almost exactly two years ago, we covered all 31 days of Banksy’s New York City residency “Better in Than Out.” In October 2013, Banksy took over New York City in a crazed hunt for new daily of street art, graffiti ad installations. A recent piece from the Guardian, however, brings less than surprising news to Banksy fans and street art aficionados: nearly none of the 31 Banksy pieces remain in their original state today.
Photo via Flickr by ChrisLloydPhotography
Uncover the city that lies beneath the streets of London. There is more to London than meets the eye; from historic catacombs, to lime mines, arty tunnels and underground museums. London’s subterranean world is waiting to be explored and the London experts at The London Pass have gone under ground to discover some of the most fascinating sites and attractions.
Dismaland: Bemusement Park. Photo by Yui Mok/PA from The Guardian
Almost two years after Banksy left his mark on the streets and walls of New York City with his 31 Day Residency, he’s taken on another large-scale project in his home country. On the site of an abandoned resort on the coast of England at Weston-super-Mare, Banksy has created Dismaland: Bemusement Park, with the appropriately depressing tagline: The UK’s Most Disappointing New Visitor Attraction.” It opened today to locals only, and thereafter tickets can be purchased online up to 10 days in advance (if the website isn’t down), with some limited tickets available each day at the door.
It has been a little over 12 months since Banksy’s NYC residency came to an end last Halloween with his final act of vandalism: his name in big, shiny, silver bubble letters (quite literally) hanging from a wall in Queens, two months before the infamous white-washing of 5Pointz. The bubble letters were taken by the NYPD, who took them from two amateur thieves (who could have taken a lesson or two from Thomas Crown). Shouts from a crowd of onlookers were first aimed at the thieves and later, to the police; some of them (including Brooklyn Street Art’s Jamie Rojo) were arrested. The entire maddening scene was recorded on video and put on YouTube, Instagram, Vine etc. It was an outlandish ending to one of the most bizarre and polarizing art events to ever happen in NYC.
What Banksy personally accomplished with his Better Out Than In project is unknown to us (or anyone who isn’t Banksy. But the artist, whose message is as illusory as his identity, may not have anticipated the fury of the social media firestorm, so much so that someone would want to document the madness and have it shown on HBO.