CULTURE & ARTS
08/19/2016 09:05 am ET Updated Aug 21, 2016

Banksy's Dismaland Inspires Street Artists To Transform Town

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

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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