Banksy's Dismaland Inspires Street Artists To Transform Town

"It's generated a new wave of Banksy wannabes."
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Dozens of street art pieces have been painted in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, since Banksy shut down his pop-up Dismaland show last September.
Dozens of street art pieces have been painted in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, since Banksy shut down his pop-up Dismaland show last September.
Art by Fawn / Picture by Lee Moran

Banksy’s Dismaland may be long gone, but it’s certainly not forgotten.

A street art boom is sweeping the southwest English town of Weston-super-Mare, where the elusive British artist opened a pop-up “bemusement park” in a derelict swimming pool complex on August 21 last year.

Dozens of pieces have appeared on buildings across the town since the five-week-long exhibition ended last September ― and officials are now using the burgeoning scene as a hook to attract tourists.

“It’s grown so much since Dismaland,’” said 39-year-old artist JPS, who is behind many of the new stencils. JPS is now the sole subject of his hometown’s new officially endorsed street art trail, detailed below:

“There were very few pieces before,” he told The Huffington Post. “But now there are works by different artists all over.”

With more people coming from outside the area to paint in the town, JPS’s 17-year-old protégé Fawn said she shared in her mentor’s optimistic assessment.

John D’oh, from Banksy’s nearby home city of Bristol, said the show had spurred a number of artists to paint. “It’s generated a new wave of Banksy wannabes,” he told HuffPost.

Here are just some of the pieces that have emerged across Weston-super-Mare since the show shut down 11 months ago:

Better Than A Bear Wall
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Tinkerbell Will Give You Hell
Art by Fawn / Picture by Lee Moran
Painted On A Dark Knight
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Repetition Is Key
Art by ANGUS // Picture by Lee Moran
A Nightmare To Remove
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Unknown
Artist Unknown / Picture by Lee Moran
Dismaland Closed
Art and picture by John D'Oh
Ewok
Art by Fawn / Picture by Lee Moran
Unstable Artist
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Paris Hilton
Art and picture by John D'Oh
Jimi Hendrix
Artist Unknown / Picture by Lee Moran
Fawntality
Art by Fawn / Picture by Lee Moran
Dark Wednesday
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Dismaland Gulls
Art by Andrew Burns Colwill / Picture by Lee Moran
Banksy Signs
Art by North Somerset Council / Picture by Lee Moran
Up In The Air
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Blast Off
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Hovers Around
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Double Trouble
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Gogo
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Cat
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Terminator
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Nevasaurus
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Fight Club
Art by Fawn / Picture by Lee Moran
Balloon Girl
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
General Lee Vandalism
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
I Bet This Ends Up On The Web
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
Thug Life
Art by Fawn / Picture by Lee Moran
Cop Car Crash
Art by JPS / Picture by Lee Moran
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