Like most Banksy artworks, his provocative and eerie amusement park, titled ‘Dismaland‘ confronted a variety of socio-political issues when it opened in 2015. With its stark installations, Bansky targeted gender issues, distrust of police, growing inequality, refugee displacement and immigration. Three years later and Banksy is now raffling off one of Dismaland’s artworks to raise money for displaced people. The elusive artist laid out the terms of the raffle in an IG post.
I’m raffling one of the boats from Dismaland in support of refugee support services. You can win it for £2 if you correctly guess how much it weighs.” – Banksy. Instagram
The raffle is also steeped in political commentary – the artwork itself depicts a small boat packed tightly with refugees, pointing to a more darker meaning for the title of the post “How heavy it weighs.”
For anyone interested, the dimensions and materials of the piece can be found on the website where the raffle is being held on www.choose.love – ‘Choose Love‘ is a store where shoppers can buy practical items for refugees in need like tents, nappies, and sleeping bags. Read his post below and check out Banksy’s dystopian ‘Dismaland’ trailer below.
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. How heavy it weighs. I'm raffling one of the boats from Dismaland in aid of refugee support services. You can win it for £2 if you correctly guess how much it weighs. Fully remote controlled, top speed 3 knots, batteries included. On display at the pop-up Help Refugees shop. 30 Fouberts Place, Carnaby Street, London, W1F 7PS. Competition closes at 8pm 22nd December. Guess online at www.choose.love