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General

SEE MONSTER is a public art installation that will open in Weston-super-Mare in 2022. The retired North Sea rig will be reimagined as a celebration of the great British weather. As a creation of new from old, the regeneration of the rig will champion the role of re-use and creativity in our future.

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SEE MONSTER is brought to life by Leeds-based creative studio NEWSUBSTANCE, and is supported by North Somerset Council. The installation will open as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of creativity taking place across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and online from March to October 2022.

 

SEE MONSTER is part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of creativity taking place across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and online from March to October 2022.

To showcase UK creativity, UNBOXED has commissioned ten awe-inspiring large-scale public engagement projects, of which SEE MONSTER is one.

UNBOXED has commissioned ten awe-inspiring large-scale public engagement projects, of which SEE MONSTER is one. Events will take place across the country between March and October 2022. For more details, please visit UNBOXED2022.uk.

SEE MONSTER will open to the public in 2022. 

SEE MONSTER’s legacy has been thought about from the very beginning. This project provides an opportunity to start a conversation about how we use and rejuvenate our towns, and how culture really can make a difference for everyone.

Our programme has a lifespan which will continue long after SEE MONSTER has gone:

Educational and digital resources created for SEE MONSTER will remain available after the physical installation has closed.

We are working closely with North Somerset Council to provide a new home for SEE MONSTER’s plants, which could be used to create a new green space for everyone to enjoy.

We hope that certain assets will be held within the Weston Museum’s archive for perpetuity.

We expect Think Tank to continue to generate ideas and experiences in Weston for many years to come.

We hope to also shine a spotlight on Weston-super-Mare as a thriving coastal town, igniting lasting conversations about this iconic British resort.

SEE MONSTER’s goal is to start conversations around reuse. The platform itself will continue its decommissioning journey, where 98-100% of it will be recycled.

SEE MONSTER’s legacy will continue to exist even after the physical structure has gone. 

UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is funded and supported by the four governments of the UK, co-commissioned with Belfast City Council, Creative Wales and EventScotland.

There will be many ways for audiences to experience SEE MONSTER, whether they choose to interact with the installation in person or online.

For those who choose to visit SEE MONSTER in person, the installation will be free to enter. Audiences will be able to move around the base of the structure to admire the view from below, before journeying up through the Cellar Deck, the Garden Lab and the Helipad, to experience a plethora of sensory experiences. 

Others might choose to interact with SEE MONSTER from the ground, admiring the structure from the surrounding beaches and town. Towering 35 metres in the air, the platform will be visible for miles around.

Weston’s town centre will host activities linked to SEE MONSTER, including a dedicated schools programme.

SEE MONSTER’s website, newsletter and social media channels will provide opportunities to learn about the Monster and its journey digitally. Follow us @seemonsteruk to stay up to date.

 

SEE MONSTER obtained full planning permission for this project in February 2022.

The Tropicana is a tried and tested events space, so access has been well rehearsed. We are working closely with North Somerset Council to minimise disruption, and the arrival of lorries will be staggered to avoid congestion. The process will be very closely monitored from start to finish.

Dogs are not allowed on the section of beach between The Grand Pier and Royal Sands, from the start of May until the end of September. Furry friends are welcome at all other times of year.

The Local Community

This project aligns with the town’s levelling up plans. It is important for SEE MONSTER to be homed in a town which can benefit from the economic uplift that this public art installation will offer. Weston-super-Mare offers the physical infrastructure to host this large structure, as well as the personnel to support such an installation. It is a stepping stone for North Somerset Council’s wider plans in the lead up to 2030.

Placemaking in seaside towns is important, and the team at North Somerset Council expressed clear support for the project, which will bring culture, PR, and economic benefits to the area as a whole.

NEWSUBSTANCE expects to see an uplift in the local economy. This will range from an increased demand for accommodation, to an influx of visitors to restaurants, pubs, shops, cafes and surrounding attractions.

We are absolutely committed to the local business community, who are a central part of SEE MONSTER and its journey. As part of our commitment to local businesses, we will not serve any food or drink on SEE MONSTER, ensuring instead that local establishments benefit from visitor demand.

We will also advertise key operational and delivery job roles, as part of which we aim to recruit as many local personnel as possible.

Think Tank is a local initiative set up by NEWSUBSTANCE for SEE MONSTER. The initiative has provided a forum for individuals and local businesses to put forward ideas for experiences which might be showcased on the Monster, or in the surrounding town. We expect this cultural hub to continue to generate ideas and experiences far beyond SEE MONSTER’s lifetime, leaving a lasting legacy.

SEE MONSTER will bring visitors to Weston-super-Mare, generating trade for local businesses. We have worked closely with North Somerset Council to identify the potential economic and social benefits of hosting SEE MONSTER in this location.  

We are confident that the economic and social benefits of hosting SEE MONSTER in Weston-super-Mare will be well received by the local community.  SEE MONSTER’s team is working closely in partnership with North Somerset Council, WSM Town Council, local business,  schools and the wider community to understand and address any concerns.

NEWSUBSTANCE aims to minimise any impact to the local infrastructure. We will be offering additional support to accommodate the increased traffic to the area, and we will take the following steps:

During the build, SEE MONSTER will stagger all deliveries.

SEE MONSTER has public transport partners including GWR and First Buses, which clearly promote public transport travel. We are also working with North Somerset Council and Visit West to consider all avenues relating to travel and access.

SEE MONSTER will be ticketed which will support traffic management and parking. This will also ensure the public have the most seamless and enjoyable experience, and do not feel crowded during their journey.

The Tropicana has been chosen for its iconic standing and its close proximity to the railway station and town centre. The installation will run from 9am – 10pm and creative aspects that may cause noise will be turned off outside of these hours.

Waste produced during the build will be sustainably disposed of by suppliers.

Public waste, produced while the platform is open, will be disposed of in a safe and non-disruptive manner via the council’s normal channels.

SEE MONSTER will not offer food or drink on its premises.

Access

Yes, SEE MONSTER is free to visit, but booking will be required to help us manage capacity on the platform.

Prior booking will be required to help us manage capacity on the platform. During off-peak times, entry may be granted to passers-by, depending on availability.

SEE MONSTER is fully accessible, having been designed with accessibility in mind from the very beginning. We have recruited a specialist consultant, whose expertise will inform every stage of the installation’s design. Our ambition is for each guest to be able to enjoy the experience wholeheartedly, without being separated from friends and family.

Please contact us on hello@seemonster.co.uk should you wish to be offered a dedicated support officer during your visit, although we do not believe this will be necessary.

Please see seemonster.co.uk/accessibility  for more information.

Up to five wheelchairs are permitted on the installation at any one time due to Health and Safety legislation regarding evacuation. We ask you to be patient if we have to move your slot.

Locals, and those who have signed up to the SEE MONSTER newsletter, will be given priority access.

We estimate visits to last approximately one hour, depending on group size. The town has plenty to offer during your stay, so make sure you set aside extra time to explore the local area.

Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes prior to your allocated slot.

You must wear flat, sensible shoes. The floor of the platform is grated, so anyone wearing heels will be denied entry. We advise that you bring weatherproof items with you because SEE MONSTER is open to the elements.

Yes, SEE MONSTER is suitable for families and people of all ages. Please make sure children are supervised at all times.

No food or drink will be available on the platform. There are restaurants, cafes and bars located within walking distance of the installation.

No alcoholic drinks of any kind may be brought onto the premises. Bag searches will be in operation and unopened containers may be confiscated.

There is limited outdoor seating provided at this event. Portable chairs will not be permitted inside the venue.

 

Yes. By entering this event you give your consent for images and videos to be used without your express written permission.

NEWSUBSTANCE and partners may use visual materials in publications and other media material produced, used or contracted by LBWF, including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television and websites.

Please raise any concerns with staff at the door.

There will be school sessions in which photography is not permitted.

You are encouraged to cycle to the event or to use public transport. Public bike parking is available directly outside the venue. You will not be able to bring your bike into the event site itself.

Please note, this installation is 35 metres high. If you are afraid of heights, please consider this prior to booking. 

Smoking is not permitted inside the event venue.

Learning and Education

SEE MONSTER will consider the relationship between renewable technologies and art, some of which will be used to power elements of the platform.

The installation will aim to educate and inspire the public, encouraging visitors to consider future opportunities within the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) sector.

We will be producing a series of educational resources for primary, secondary, SEND and FE students to be used in the classroom.

We will have live hosts situated on the platform, who will educate guests on what audiences are seeing and experiencing.

Content that is captured on and around the platform will be available on various digital channels, to cater for audiences who are unable to physically access the installation.

Our dedicated Education and Learning page is now live on our website here: www.seemonster.co.uk/learn. 

SEE MONSTER is fully accessible, having been designed with accessibility in mind from the very beginning. We have recruited a specialist consultant, whose expertise will inform every stage of the installation’s design. Our ambition is for each guest to be able to enjoy the experience wholeheartedly, without being separated from friends and family.

Please contact us on support@seemonster.co.uk should you wish to be offered a dedicated support officer during your visit, although we believe this will not be necessary.

Yes, the experience is suitable for all members of the public. Children must be supervised at all times. We will issue a wristband to every child under the age of 10, which will include the contact number of a parent or guardian. Should a member of staff notice that an unaccompanied child, we will be able to reunite you quickly and easily.

Environment

Yes. Throughout this project we have been working closely with industry leaders in this sector.

We are working closely with climate advisors, including Sustainability West Midlands and a dedicated national sustainability team, to minimise SEE MONSTER’s impact on the climate.

Platform Acquisition

Owners of oil and gas installations and pipelines are required to decommission their offshore infrastructure at the end of a field’s economic life. NEWSUBSTANCE has worked with a dedicated climate advisor, and consultants in the energy sector, to identify a company that could provide a suitable platform earmarked for decommissioning. 

We cannot disclose this information. 

No. The platform has been given to UNBOXED and NEWSUBSTANCE for this project.

As far as we are aware, there is no precedent for repurposing these types of platforms as art installations. We hope this project demonstrates a case for the reuse of large structures in the future. 

About the Platform

Owners of oil and gas installations, and pipelines, are required to decommission their offshore infrastructure at the end of a field’s economic life. This field had come to the end of its economic life and platforms of this nature are typically decommissioned and sold for scrap. We hope this project provides a new way of looking at disused structures, offering opportunities to give them new life as part of a far more sustainable solution.

The platform is currently in mainland Europe and will be transported to the UK.

Legacy

The steelwork will be sold in the UK where the cost of the steelwork will be recouped. The plants and trees grown on SEE MONSTER will be given to the council to create a new green space.

Booking

You will be able to come to the venue in Weston-super-Mare to see if there is capacity to visit the installation as a walk-in guest. Alternatively, we have viewing platforms either side of SEE MONSTER where you can view the structure during opening hours, without prior booking.

Access will be permitted to SEE MONSTER on rainy days. If you would like to change your booking, you may cancel and rebook online, depending on availability.

In extreme weather conditions, we may need to close SEE MONSTER for a period of time. Please look at our website and check your emails prior to leaving home, as we will notify ticket holders in advance of any closure.

In extreme weather conditions, we may need to close SEE MONSTER for a period of time. Please look at our website and check your emails prior to leaving home, as we will notify ticket holders in advance of any closure.

Up to date information will be shared regularly on our website and social media channels. Follow us to stay up to date: @seemonsteruk.