Dracula Park / 2015
In 2001, a huge-scale project was put underway by the Romanian government. "Dracula Park" was supposed to be the biggest amusement park in Eastern Europe and had set as main purpose to mark Romania's presence on the touristic map of Europe (and maybe on that of the whole world).
Although most Romanians protested against this project, the government decided to build it in Sighișoara, the birth place of Vlad Țepeș, born there in 1431. It was calculated that 31,5 million dollars were needed for the construction of the park, money that would have been collected from Romanians and private companies by selling shares, while another source of financing would have been the Romanian state.
In 2002, the Fund for Touristic Development Sighișoara gathered over 3 million dollars from 15.000 de citizens, who dreamed of making profit from the myth of Dracula. Even ex-Prime Minister Adrian Năstase and ex-Minister of Tourism Dan Matei Agathon decided to invest part of their own money in the construction of this amusement park.
Everyone lost all of the investment, because "Dracula Park" was abandoned soon after, although it devoured 1,5 million dollars from the beginning on feasibility studies. The project was supposed to attract over one million tourists per year and earn more than 27 million dollars.
I have decided to continue the construction of the park in Germany, in Plüschow, by using both German and Romanian funds. The area to be used is the one surrounding Plüschow castle, an 18th century castle from Mecklenburg. For this reason I have crafted this presentation and I have proposed buildings to be erected and spaces to be used in the near future.
The reason why I have proposed this location is that in 1845 count Dracula decided to buy this castle, but failed. Finally, he loaned the building for 2 years, spending incredibly romantic moments with German aristocracy's finest.
address: Am Pk. 6, 23936 Plüschow, Germany. Visit. Fund. Let's build.
n.b. Romanian philanthropist Gigi Becali decided to sponsor the park's construction in February 2016, underlining his love for horror. All that he asked in return was that we would erect a statue of himself in Plüschow, in the proximity of Vlad Țepeș.