ENGLAND AN OIL RIG BECOMES A HUGE WORK OF ART
Designed by the creative studio Newsubstance for the government-funded festival ‚Unboxed: Creativity in the Uk!‘, See Monster is one of the UK’s largest public art installations.
The four-storey, 450-tonne oil rig has been positioned in a shallow pool on the seafront in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Its upper floors contain a wild garden composed of plants adapted to the Atlantic climate. The art installation features a multi-level slide, a media studio, and an amphitheatre, while the platform’s former heliport now functions as an observatory and a waterfall cascades 10 meters down from the lowest floor.
The kinetic artworks on the platform were designed with reference to meteorology and in what way it can be used to help build a more sustainable future. Some are made of aluminium to withstand the corrosive salt in the sea air, others use wind and solar technologies to generate energy to power the garden irrigation systems on the platform’s upper floors.
According to the festival’s creative director, Martin Green, ‚The transformation of a disused platform into one of the UK’s most ambitious public art installations […] offers a model for the reuse of industrial structures.