A decommissioned 450-ton oil rig has been converted into an interactive art installation in Weston-super-Mare that will be open to the public from Saturday.
ubbed “See Monster,” the former North Sea platform now features four publicly accessible levels that host a wild garden of plants, grasses, and trees.
The installation also includes an amphitheater, a multi-level slide, a kinetic installation of 6,000 pieces that form the “scales” of the monster, and a 10-meter-high waterfall.
At the foot of the 35-meter-high structure is a broadcasting studio.
The people behind the project hope it will change the perception of how outdated industrial infrastructure is to be handled.
The project is the brainchild of Leeds-based events and design agency Newsubstance and is part of the Unboxed: Creativity in the UK festival.
In July it was moved to the beach town of North Somerset and put on base at music and arts venue Tropicana.
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 climb the monster, run through the clouds. clouds and explore the wild gardens until they reach the top where they can see our monster’s house from a new perspective.
“We are delighted that the public can now board See Monster, after witnessing its transformation over the past few months.
“We hope this once-in-a-lifetime experience, which began as an educational and creative experiment in Weston-super-Mare, will continue to leave a lasting and much larger legacy.”
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Dr Ella Gilbert, climate science advisor to the project, said: “See Monster reminds us of how industrial history has shaped our climate and how we can transform the future. by repositioning infrastructure as oil and gas platforms.
“We know about the negative effects of being dependent on fossil fuels. We hear little about the ways in which we can transform society for the better.
“See Monster is an opportunity to see and hear about the kinds of solutions and possible futures we can create together, while marveling and marveling at the sights and sounds of the weather, the excitement by the science behind it and learn how it helps us understand our planet. “
See Monster is open from September 24 to November 5 and admission is free.
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