Decommissioned oil rig to reopen as public art installation

A disused 450-ton oil rig transformed into an interactive art installation in Weston-super-Mare will open to the public from Saturday.

Under the name “See Monster”, the former North Sea platform now has four publicly accessible levels that house a wild garden of plants, grass and trees.

The installation also includes an amphitheater, a multi-level slide, a 6,000-piece kinetic installation that forms the monster’s “scales,” and a 10-meter waterfall.

At the foot of the 35 meter high building is a broadcasting studio.

The project’s backers hope it will change perceptions of how aging industrial infrastructure is disposed of.

The project was the brainchild of Leeds-based design and events company Newsubstance and is part of the Unboxed: Creativity in the UK festival.

In July it was delivered to the North Somerset town beach and lifted to a base at the Tropicana arts and music centre.

Patrick O’Mahony, Creative Director and Founder of Newsubstance said, “From the roar of the waterfall to the shimmering scales, we invite our audience to mount the monster, run through clouds and explore wild gardens until they reach the top , where they can see our monster’s home from a new perspective.

“We are thrilled that the public can now step aboard See Monster, having witnessed her transformation over the past few months.

“We hope that this once-in-a-lifetime experience, which began as an experiment in education and creativity in Weston-super-Mare, will have a much larger and lasting legacy.”

dr Ella Gilbert, climate science advisor on the project, said: “See Monster reminds us how our industrial history has shaped our climate and how we can transform our future by repurposing infrastructure such as oil and gas platforms.

“We know the negative impact of our dependence on fossil fuels. Less often we hear about how we can change society for the better.

“See Monster is an opportunity to see and hear the kind of solutions and possible futures we can create together, and to be struck and amazed by the spectacular sights and sounds of weather, to be amazed by the science behind it and to learn how it helps us understand our planet.”

See Monster is open from September 24th to November 5th and admission is free. Decommissioned oil rig to reopen as public art installation

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