Weston-super-Mare, a seaside town in Somerset, England, has been chosen to house ‘SEE MONSTER’, a disused North Sea offshore platform that will be transformed into a massive public art installation.
The platform will be located on the site of the city’s former disused lido, Tropicana, in what is meant to be “a sensory spectacle”.
Weston-super-Mare has been chosen as one of ten locations across the country to host a flagship national arts and culture facility.
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.
According to press releases issued this month, SEE MONSTER will be the world’s first and only redeveloped North Sea offshore platform and the largest outdoor facility ever seen at Weston-super-Mare.
North Somerset Council said SEE MONSTER will use its seafront location to harness the power of the elements to supply renewable energy to the structure, transforming the seafront into a large-scale public art installation.
According to the press release, the giant platform will have planted gardens and a waterfall with hangouts, be a fun and educational place that will focus on weather, climate change and green technologies, and have a team of Dedicated outreach with a science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) concentration.
SEE MONSTER is expected to attract up to 200,000 visitors over the two months it is held in Weston-super-Mare. Admission to SEE MONSTER will be free, local residents will get a first look. Construction will begin in the spring of 2022 and will last approximately two months.
North Somerset Council leader Cllr Don Davies said: “It is an honor to be chosen as one of ten locations for UNBOXED and we see great opportunity for residents, businesses and visitors during the eight weeks that SEE MONSTER will be with us.
“The renewable technologies that will be showcased at SEE MONSTER support our ambitions for North Somerset to be net carbon neutral by 2030 and we are delighted to support and host this facility.
“It will also provide educational opportunities for our children and young people with strong links to our local schools through the Community Outreach Team.” A program of visits to local schools will run throughout the duration of SEE MONSTER.
Offshore Engineer contacted the SEE MONSTER project to get more information on the exact rig that would be used for the project.
“…we cannot release this information at this time,” a SEE MONSTER project spokesperson said.