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Banksy's Dismaland heads for French refugee camp

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A group of volunteers from Bristol have set off for a refugee camp in France with the fixtures and fittings from Banksy’s Dismaland ‘bemusement park’

The dismantled attraction, which stood for a month in the abandoned Tropicana lido in Weston-Super-Mare, was donated to group Aid Box Convoy by the artist following the park’s closure at the end of September.

It is understood Banksy is also sending out a team of carpenters and builders to help re-use elements of Dismaland to build cooking stations and ‘five communal’ shelters at the camp.

The Bemusement park was originally set to be re-assembled as the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais but Imogen McIntosh, who is heading Aid Box Convoy, persuaded Banksy to give the materials to their Bristol-based relief effort.

The team with around 300 boxes is understood to be heading to a smaller camp in northern France where conditions have been described as ‘horrendous’.

Speaking to Bristol 24/7, McIntosh said: ‘Dismaland is all taken down now. We are left with huge sheets of wood and materials which we can use.’

According to McIntosh, the camp had rapidly grown in size over the last three weeks with the arrival of 600 extra people which had swelled the population to more than 1,000.

The group plans to make future visits to France to help ‘three other camps in the area’.

Rob Crook from Bristol Building Support Through Shelter will initially help to construct the shelters.

 

 

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