Banksy to send timbers from ‘dismaland’ theme park to refugees

Local officials say the attraction, which closed after five weeks, drew more than 150,000 people. (AP)

Street artist Banksy has said he will send the material from his closed amusement park in England to France to help shelter refugees who are camped out there.

Banksy said on his Dismaland website on Monday that all of the timbers and fixtures from the park are being sent to a refugee camp outside the northwest French port of Calais for the construction of shelters. Thousands of refugees are in the Calais area seeking entry into Britain.

"Coming soon ... Dismaland Calais," the artist said on his posting.

The unusual amusement park that closed on Sunday after five weeks poked fun at consumer culture. Tourism body Visit Somerset says the exhibition brought 20 million pounds ($30 million) to the faded seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare. Officials say it drew more than 150,000 people.

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