Decommissioned North Sea platform about to arrive in Weston-super-Mare ahead of transformation into major public art installation


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SEE MONSTER, a decommissioned North Sea offshore platform that is set to become one of
the UK’s largest public art installations, is due to arrive by sea into Weston-super-Mare this
Tuesday, 12 July. The transformation of the platform is a world-first that aims to inspire global
conversations about the repurposing of large industrial structures and design-led solutions to
sustainable futures.

The 450-tonne platform will be transported on a flatbed barge as large as a football pitch to its
new home at the Tropicana, an iconic seafront landmark, and lifted by crane over the seawall
onto preconstructed legs. The entire construction will be 35m tall - 15m taller than the Angel of
the North and just 11m shy of Nelson’s Column.

Visitors and residents to Weston-super-Mare will witness the transformation of SEE MONSTER,
commissioned as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, as construction takes place over the
coming weeks. Once the installation is completed, SEE MONSTER will be experienced from the
seafront, beach and on board. It will feature four publicly accessible levels animated by a 10-
metre-high waterfall; a 6,000-piece kinetic installation forming the monster’s shimmering
scales; an onboard oasis of grasses, plants and trees selected to thrive in a seaside microclimate;
and a seated amphitheatre and broadcast studio, forming a platform for conversations
about reuse and sustainable futures. A phased opening at the Tropicana begins over August
bank holiday in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales.