It is often said that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” I am going to propose that parody is because it assumes that the reader or viewer knows who is being parodied without the writer or artist saying so. It is, in short, a testimony to the ubiquity of a person or brand.
That thought went through my mind when I saw that the notorious (and anonymous) artist, Bansky, had created Dismaland. It is located in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare in the UK.
Dismaland is reported to be funny, weird, anarchistic and not intended for children. In other words, it is pure Banksy. I have, by the way, written about Bansky before (see my article “Stuffed Toys Against Animal Cruelty”) for how he used plush toys as a way to creep us out over the slaughter of animals for food.
This is Banksy’s largest project to date, covering 2 ½ acres and incorporating the work of 58 artists, some very well known. Rather than attempt to describe in words what this visual artist / performance artist has created, I have included pictures.
In my next post, I write about other Disney parodies from the past.