Banksy IS Back! And Here's What His Brand New Pop-Up Street Art Show Looks Like

It’s official - Banksy is back with a brand new show.

Fans of the elusive guerrilla street artist have been teased this week as rumours swirled that he’d be opening an exhibition in Weston-super-Mare.

And today it’s been confirmed that he’s taken over a disused swimming pool in the Somerset resort.

“Dismaland,” which opens Friday at the Tropicana, is the Bristol-based star’s sinister take on a Disney theme park.

It will reportedly feature a Jimmy Savile-themed Punch and Judy show, a fire-ravaged castle and a massive sandcastle topped by a multi-coloured windmill.

There will also be a Jeffrey Archer Memorial Fire Pit - in tribute to the disgraced peer and author who grew up in the town.

Banksy, whose true identity has never been revealed, spoke to the seaside town’s local newspaper ahead of tomorrow’s grand opening.

“I loved the Tropicana as a kid, so getting to throw these doors open again is a real honour,” he told the Weston Mercury.

“I hope everyone from Weston will take the opportunity to once more stand in a puddle of murky water eating cold chips to the sound of crying children,” he added.

The exhibition will be open seven days a week until September 27. Tickets can be bought via the official website

There will also be live music, according to the site - with Massive Attack and Pussy Riot performing on September 25.

Residents and day-trippers initially believed that a Hollywood movie was being filmed inside the swimming pool.

But speculation that Banksy was somehow involved ramped up after Holly Cushing, who is believed to be his manager, was spotted chatting to a security guard at the site.

Since the rumour mill went into overdrive, hundreds of fans have been queuing up to take pictures of the area.

The Tropicana was built in 1937 but closed in 2000. Several plans have been put forward for its redevelopment over the years, but have never progressed.

“This could be the biggest thing to hit Weston-Super-Mare since The Beatles came to town in July 1963,” said holidaymaker Mike Rogers, from Bristol.

“Banksy’s work is always controversial but this has got to be good for the town,” he added.


(Pictures credited to SWNS)

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