These are the first glimpses of a massive oil rig that will form a major art installation on the Weston-super-Mare waterfront next year.
The seaside town has been chosen as one of 10 locations across the UK to host a huge work of art – known as the SEE MONSTER – to be built at the Tropicana.
The imposing structure will be created using the disused North Sea offshore platform and will feature plant gardens and a waterfall.
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The art installation, which is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors a year, will be the largest open-air work of art in the city.
SEE MONSTER is part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK – a free national collection of ten large-scale public art engagement projects that will showcase UK creativity and innovation to the world throughout 2022.
He will use his unique location by the sea harness the power of the elements to supply renewable energy to the structure.
A spokesperson for UNBOXED said: “Fat and towering in height, our monster has spent much of its life in the cold North Sea, battling wind and waves in a harsh offshore environment.
“SEE MONSTER will harness renewable energy from the natural elements of Weston-super-Mare, stimulating conversations about how the beautiful British weather can help guide our national journey towards a more sustainable future. “
In addition to the waterfalls and gardens, the installation will provide meeting places and will be a fun and educational place that will focus on weather, climate change and green technologies.
It will also have a dedicated outreach team focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
The facility will be at the Tropicana for two months and entry for visitors will be free – with local residents getting a first glimpse.
Construction will begin in the spring of 2022 and will take approximately two months.
There will be a program of local school visits throughout the duration of SEE MONSTER.
SEE MONSTER’s arrival follows the successful art installation Dismaland Bemusement Park by world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy in the summer of 2015.
The exhibition attracted over 150,000 visitors during its five weeks and provided an economic boost of around £ 20million to the local economy.
Prominent stars including actor Brad Pitt and comedian Russell Brand were among those who visited.
Hosting the event supports the North Somerset Council’s 10-year place-building strategy, placing Weston-super-Mare firmly on the map as a vibrant place to live, work and visit.
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