With Drake its unlikely hero, an abandoned 1987 fairground project in Hamburg, Germany is now to reopen this December in Los Angeles as an exhibition. Announced last year, “Luna Luna: A Forgotten Fantasy” will showcase all the rides, games, and attractions of the park’s original artists, from Jean-Michel Baquiat’s ferris wheel to André Heller’s wedding chapel to tarps designed by Keith Haring (the rides, however, are non-functional).
The Luna Luna website gives some background to the original 1980s project: “In the summer of 1987, a fantastical fairground unlike any ever witnessed landed in Hamburg, Germany. Artist and curator André Heller invited over thirty renowned visionaries — including Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Sonia Delaunay — to design rides, games, and attractions into one extravaganza for all to enjoy.”
Over two decades following a failed 1990s reopening in San Diego, Drake and his entertainment company DreamCrew purchased the Luna Luna park attractions, previously forgotten in a Texas warehouse, with the desire to revamp and share its artistic vision once again. While the rides will not actually run, the reconstructed park is set to serve as an experiential art exhibit, showcasing the work of artists like Salvador Dalì, David Hockney, and more.
“Luna Luna: The Forgotten Fantasy” will open in Los Angeles this December. The sign-up for early ticket access can be found at the link here.