28 August - 20 November 2022
An extraordinary act of collective creativity – a decommissioned North Sea offshore platform transformed into a major new art installation.
A vision for our future, inspiring global conversations about reuse, renewables and the great British weather
A vivid reminder of our industrial past – and an amazing symbol of our journey towards a sustainable future
Where industry meets creativity
SEE MONSTER is an astonishing work of creativity and imagination – a retired North Sea offshore rig transported to the Somerset coast and transformed into a 450-tonne, 35-metre-high art installation and visitor experience.
SEE MONSTER is a celebration of how we can use our past to shape our future. Harnessing renewable energy from the great British weather at its seafront location in Weston-super-Mare, the Monster hosted experiments, performances, gardens and even a 10-metre-high waterfall – showcasing local innovation and demonstrating how creativity can challenge and change the status quo.
More than half a million people visited SEE MONSTER during its two-month stay on the site of Weston’s iconic Tropicana lido, where it was brought to life by Leeds-based studio NEWSUBSTANCE with support from North Somerset Council. The installation proved so popular that it was opened for an extra two weeks before the close of its run.
SEE MONSTER was an exemplary creation of new from old – a vivid reminder of our shared past and a powerful symbol of our journey towards a more sustainable future. You can still explore the Monster online via an immersive virtual tour.
Where and when
SEE MONSTER arrived by barge at the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare in July 2022 was transformed into an artwork and then opened to all from September to November 2022.
It's awesome. The work and dedication that has gone into it is unreal. We loved it and will be back for a second visit.
I visited the SEE MONSTER at Weston-super-Mare today and what a fantastic thing it is. Myself and my family really enjoyed our visit and the staff were brilliant.