Streetlife: Dismaland delight as Banksy’s Tropicana exhibit is debated

Grey skies above Banksy's Dismaland.

Grey skies above Banksy's Dismaland. - Credit: Archant

PERHAPS unsurprisingly, Streetlife has been full of talk about renowned street artist Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition at the Tropicana.

The exhibit opened to the public last Saturday after a locals-only day was held the day before.

The first 1,000 North Somerset residents to arrive at the exhibit with a voucher only available in last week’s Weston Mercury were able to enter the site for free.

Although some Streetlife users complained the exhibit would not help Weston-super-Mare, the vast majority of users were thrilled Banksy had chosen to host his exhibit here and were delighted with the attention Weston had received.

Dianne T said: “Personally I think it (Dismaland) has added excitement and has put Weston on the map.

“When was the last time Weston was mentioned on national news for all the right reasons? It has created a buzz and will help local trade boost their profits.”

Dave S said: “I think it’s fantastic. It’s getting masses of attention worldwide and I’m listening now to it being talked about on BBC Radio Two.

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“It can only be a good thing for Weston bringing in people and money.”

Professional Mobile Valet agreed, and said: “I think it’s a very positive thing for Weston.

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“We’re all talking about it locally and nationally so people will come here to visit and that’s how regeneration works.

“People will want to invest in our town. We have a great seaside town that just needs more TLC, which investors could provide.”

Marc A wondered whether any money raised from Dismaland could benefit the Tropicana’s future. He said: “Does anyone know whether any money Banksy and company will raise from this will go towards the Trop’s restoration?

“The exposure alone will go a long way, but there are groups hunting big sums of money which a spectacle like this could help draw in.”

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