See Monster Coming To Weston And Transforming From Industrial Into Art

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Decommissioned North Sea platform is on its way to Westonsuper-Mare in preparation for being transformed into a significant work of public art.  This Tuesday, July 12, a decommissioned North Sea offshore platform named SEE MONSTER that will become one of the largest public art works in the UK is scheduled to arrive by ship in Weston-super-Mare. The platform’s makeover is a first of its kind and intends to spark discussions across the globe regarding the reuse of massive industrial buildings and design-driven solutions for sustainable futures.

The 450-ton platform will be raised by crane over the seawall onto prefabricated legs and transported on a flatbed barge the size of a football field to its new location at the Tropicana, a famous coastal landmark. The total structure will stand 35 meters high, which is only 11 meters short of Nelson’s Column and 15 meters higher than the Angel of the North.

Throughout the upcoming weeks, construction on SEE MONSTER, a project commissioned as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, will be visible to locals and visitors to Weston-super-Mare. Following installation, SEE MONSTER will be accessible from the beach, by the water, and aboard. An onboard oasis of grasses, plants, and trees chosen to thrive in a seaside microclimate, four publicly accessible levels animated by a 10-meter-high waterfall, a 6,000-piece kinetic installation forming the monster’s shimmering scales, a seated amphitheatre and broadcast studio, and a platform for discussions about reuse and sustainable futures are all included. Over the August bank holiday in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales, the Tropicana begins a gradual opening.

In partnership with Dose of Society, REDHOUSE Productions, Rocket Women, Empowering Women with Tech, sculptor Ivan Black, and representatives from The British Antarctic Survey, Leeds-based creative company NEWSUBSTANCE and North Somerset Council support the creation of SEE MONSTER. One of ten artistic endeavors commissioned as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, which runs through October 2022, is SEE MONSTER.

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