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Banksy's theme park sent to Calais

Rod Minchin

Published 28/09/2015 | 07:00

Dismaland opened at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset last month and was visited by 150,000 people.
Dismaland opened at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset last month and was visited by 150,000 people.

Britain's most disappointing tourist attraction is to be dismantled and sent to Calais to be used as shelter for migrants, creator Banksy has revealed.

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Work to take down Dismaland begins today and the elusive street artist said all the timber and fixtures from the Bemusement Park would be sent to 'The Jungle' camp, where thousands are living.

An estimated 5,000 migrants displaced from countries including Syria, Libya and Eritrea are believed to be camped in and around the French port.

On the Dismaland website, Banksy had posted a picture of the migrant camp in Calais and had superimposed onto it his fire-ravaged fairytale Cinderella Castle.

In a message accompanying the picture, he wrote: "Coming soon... Dismaland Calais.

"All the timber and fixtures from Dismaland are being sent to the 'jungle' refugee camp near Calais to build shelters."

The art installation, styled as a mock theme park, opened at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset last month and was visited by 150,000 people.

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