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Visite guidée dans le Dismaland de Banksy (PHOTOS, VIDÉO)

Banksy doit lancer ce samedi son projet le plus ambitieux à ce jour, Dismaland, dans la station balnéaire de Weston-super-Mare- et le HuffPost anglais a été parmi les premiers à pouvoir y jeter un œil.

Installé au beau milieu de la promenade de front de mer de Weston, difficile de rater Dismaland et ses structures sinistres qui ont poussé comme des champignons, presque du jour au lendemain. Le site d’un hectare a été équipé d’un château façon conte de fées, d’un étang avec un bateau rempli de demandeurs d’asile, de deux poids lourds faisant du ballet et d’un camp d’entraînement anarchiste qui propose des cours de graffitis sur panneaux publicitaires.

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A Dismaland, la grande faucheuse conduit les auto-tamponneuses


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Lugubre serait un euphémisme


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Banksy avance : "C’est un spectacle artistique pour les 99% de personnes qui auraient plutôt tendance à préférer Alton Towers"(un parc d’attraction populaire au Royaume Uni ndlr).

Dismaland proposera aussi des œuvres de Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer et Jimmy Cauty. Banksy ajoute : "J’ai exclu du site toute représentation de Mickey Mouse. C’est une exposition de la plus belle brochette d’artistes que je puisse imaginer, en dehors des deux qui m’ont dit non". Comme à Disneyland, les visiteurs se voient attribuer un bracelet orné d’un logo, ressemblant étrangement au symbole en château de Cendrillon du groupe américain.

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Mais les points communs s’arrêtent là. Ici, tous les éléments composent un dégradé de couleurs mornes. Noir, marron, gris sale avec quelques touches rouge vif – même le personnel.

Dès la semaine dernière, on pouvait deviner les dimensions du projet, alors que les habitants des environs comme les visiteurs avaient remarqué l’installation d’un château de Cendrillon biscornu sur le Tropicana, une zone de loisir abandonné située sur le front de mer de la ville.

"J’ai bien pensé que c’était plus qu’un décor de cinéma", affirme Ealine Buss, habitante de Weston postée devant l’entrée, "ces six derniers mois, le conseil municipal s’est agité autour de cet endroit, on sait désormais pourquoi". "C’est super, c’est sa manière de rendre quelque chose à la ville. C’est un gars du coin, il sait ce qu’il en est du Tropicana."

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De nombreuses autres personnes n’avaient aucune idée de ce qui se tramait, et avaient renoncé à s’en enquérir auprès des vigiles à l’air patibulaire postés à l’extérieur de l’enceinte pour rehausser l’impression initiale de désolation. L’ancienne aire du Tropicana était restée à l’abandon pendant 14 ans, et n’était plus utilisée que comme lieu de stockage temporaire dans le cadre du plan municipal de lutte contre l’érosion côtière. Comme bien souvent dans les travaux de Banksy, tout le projet a été couvert de secret et peuplé de fausses pistes. L’information a circulé parmi les habitants qu’un studio hollywoodien utilisait le site comme décor pour un film.

Si le but du projet est de souligner la vacuité des lieux où nous préférons passer notre temps libre, le Tropicana est un choix idéal – même la vue imprenable qu’il offre sur Weston ne le sauve pas. Son équipe affirme : "Banksy dévoile aujourd’hui sa dernière réalisation – un parc à thème familial peu approprié pour les petits enfants".

Et ce n’est pas la première fois que Banksy vise le groupe Walt Disney. En 2005, il avait disposé un mannequin en combinaison de pilote orange sur l’enceinte de l’attraction Thunder Mountain dans le Disneyland de Californie. En 2011, il avait créé pour Greenpeace une œuvre représentant l’exécution des personnages du "Livre de la jungle". Et il est soupçonné d’avoir défiguré des publicités de l’entreprise.

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La carte illustrée du parc rappelle celles des parcs à thèmes commerciaux


Le parc comprendra trois galeries hébergeant des œuvres d’artistes contemporains, "La plus belle collection d’art contemporain jamais assemblée dans une ville côtière du nord Somerset", d’après son site internet. On pourra y trouver un village artisanal modèle, un musée 'monté sur bus', un cinéma en plein air, et l’ensemble du site sera 'alimenté en électricité par une roue à aubes géante' dessinée par Banksy.

Dismaland ouvre le samedi 22 août et dure jusqu’au 17 septembre. Les billets sont à 3 livres pour les adultes, et l’entrée est gratuite pour les enfants de moins de 5 ans. Il est recommandé de réserver à l’avance, car l’affluence risque d’être forte.

Plus d'images dans le diaporama ci-dessous:

Galerie photo Underwraps: 'Banksy' at Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset Voyez les images

Cet article, publié à l’origine sur le Huffington Post UK, a été traduit de l’anglais par Mathieu Bouquet.

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    A graffiti attributed to secretive British artist Banksy depicting a child wielding a machine gun, in black and white surrounded by colored flowers, is spotted in Westwood, California on February 17, 2011.
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Passers by have a look at the new Banksy graffitti artwork in Camden Town on June 24, 2011 in London, England. The piece references the notorious London graffiti artist and tagger Tox who was recently found guilty of criminal damage and convicted. (Photo by Stewart Stanley/Getty Images)
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    A graffiti attributed to secretive British artist Banksy shows a dog urinating on a wall in Beverly Hills, California on February 17, 2011. Another graffiti was ripped down Wednesday, February 16th in Hollywood, amid sightings of other pieces in a reported pre-Oscars publicity stunt. Banksy is nominated for best documentary for 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' at the Oscars, due to be announced on February 27th at the climax of Tinseltown's annual awards season. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A graffiti attributed to secretive British artist Banksy depicting Charlie Brown figure starting a fire on the side of a burned-out building on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California on February 17, 2011. An other graffiti was ripped down in Hollywood, amid sightings of other pieces in a reported pre-Oscars publicity stunt in LA. Banksy is nominated for best documentary for 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' at the Oscars, due to be announced on February 27 at the climax of Tinseltown's annual awards season. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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    GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Art work said to be by underground artist Banksy is seen on the fence at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2010 in Glastonbury, England. The gates opened yesterday to what has become Europe's largest music festival and is celebrating its 40th anniversary. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: New Banksy Mural at The Princess of Wales Pub in Primrose Hill on June 14, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)
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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 29: Grafitti by the illusive artist Banksy adorns a building August 29, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New works by the artist, whose paintings are also sold in galleries, have been popping up throughout New Orleans coinciding with the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 1: Grafitti by the illusive artist Banksy adorns a building in the upper ninth ward September 1, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New works by the artist, whose paintings are also sold in galleries, have been popping up throughout New Orleans coinciding with the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 28: Grafitti by the illusive artist Banksy adorns a closed shop August 28, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New works by the artist, whose paintings are also sold in galleries, have been popping up throughout New Orleans coinciding with the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 28: Grafitti by the illusive artist Banksy adorns a building August 28, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New works by the artist, whose paintings are also sold in galleries, have been popping up throughout New Orleans coinciding with the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 29: Grafitti by the illusive artist Banksy adorns a building August 29, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New works by the artist, whose paintings are also sold in galleries, have been popping up throughout New Orleans coinciding with the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 29: Grafitti by the illusive artist Banksy adorns a building August 29, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New works by the artist, whose paintings are also sold in galleries, have been popping up throughout New Orleans coinciding with the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 29: Grafitti by the illusive artist Banksy adorns the levee wall in the Lower Ninth Ward on August 29, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New works by the artist, whose paintings are also sold in galleries, have been popping up throughout New Orleans coinciding with the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    A man walks past a Banksy graffiti artwork during 'Cans' graffiti exhibition in London, on May 3, 2008. British artist Banksy and other graffiti artists have contributed to the free exhibition which has been painted onto the walls of a public London street. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    LONDON - MAY 7: A stencil art piece depicting new London Mayor Boris Johnson is pictured at a giant new exhibition space created by famed graffiti artist Banksy, on May 7, 2008 in London, England. The disused tunnel beneath Waterloo station has been transformed by 30 artists from around the world. The three day event, tagged as the 'Cans festival', also invites the public to add their own stencil art. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
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    BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK - JUNE 24: A Palestinian police officer stands guard in front of a mural by the British grafitti artist Banksy as he secures the arrival of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on June 24, 2008 in Bethlehem, West Bank. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 28: Grafitti by the illusive artist Banksy adorns a buildingAugust 28, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New works by the artist, whose paintings are also sold in galleries, have been popping up throughout New Orleans coinciding with the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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    LONDON - MAY 3: A giant new exhibition space created by famed graffiti artist Banksy opens to the public on May 3, 2008 in London, England. The disused tunnel beneath Waterloo station has been transformed by 30 artists from around the world. The three day event, tagged as the 'Cans festival', also invites the public to add their own stencil art. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
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    A work of art believed to be by British artist Banksy is pictured in Central London, on April 14, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Shaun Curry (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
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    LONDON - MARCH 04: A lady with a shopping bag passes a recent Banksy work on a wall on March 5, 2008 in London, England. The grafitti shows a child raising a Tesco's plastic bag as a flag. Gordon Brown has said he will force retailers to help reduce the use of plastic bags if they do not take action voluntarily. (Photo by Cate Gillon/Getty Images)
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    BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK - DECEMBER 05: A Palestinian labourer works under a large wall painting by elusive British graffiti artist Banksy December 5, 2007 on a building wall in the biblical city of Bethlehem in the West Bank. The Bristol-born artist has adorned Israel's West Bank separation barrier and Bethlehem walls with new images, including one of a dove wearing a flak jacket and a soldier being frisked by a young girl. His works, along with those of other international artists, are part of an exhibition called Santa's Ghetto. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
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    LONDON - NOVEMBER 01: Builders walk past a new example of 'art' by self styled guerilla artist Banksy on Pollard Street on November 1, 2007 in London, England. Recent works of art by Banksy have been bought for hundreds of thousands of pounds by celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, however Tower Hamlets Council recently said that they had a duty to remove all graffiti in the area including anything done by Banksy. The public in Bristol recently voted over 90 percent in favour of keeping a piece of graffiti art by Banksy as it was deemed so popular. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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    LONDON - MAY 18: A spray painted depiction of a cash machine grabbing a child adorns a wall in Exmouth Market on May 18, 2007 in London. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)