The Banksy Effect: Rivals' Work Pops Up Near Dismaland As Street Art Takes Over Weston

Banksy’s “Dismaland” may be the main attraction in Somerset this summer.

But two other rival street artists are also making their mark in the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare.

Several stencils have appeared in recent days near the abandoned Tropicana swimming complex where the elusive star is hosting his star-studded exhibition.

And Bristol-based Fawn and JPS appear to be behind the work.

Tinkerbell, Wonderwoman and Banksy-style children all make an appearance.

As does a “Ted” bear, Batman, a crashed police car and a gun-toting Winnie the Pooh.

Many of the works are on the side of the Scallys pub in Carlton Street, just hundreds of metres from the seafront show.

Others are dotted around the town centre.

Established street artist JPS has more than 36,000 followers on Facebook, while Fawn - whose bio describes herself as a ‘young female street artist from near Bristol’ - has just over 1,300.

Dismaland opened to great fanfare, and after much speculation and secrecy, last Friday, and runs until September 27.

It features 10 pieces from Banksy himself and 56 other artists. 

Music acts, including Massive Attack, are also set to play on the stage in a series of Friday night concerts.

The show is expected to give Weston-super-Mare a £7 million boost, according to local media.

(Pictures credited to Lee Moran - @lee_moran)

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