SEE MONSTER arrives at Weston-super-Mare in 2022

Weston-super-Mare has been chosen as one of ten locations across the country to host a flagship, national arts and culture installation. SEE MONSTER is part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK – a free, national collection of ten large-scale, public art engagement projects that will showcase the UK’s creativity and innovation to the world throughout 2022.

SEE MONSTER will be world’s first and only repurposed North Sea offshore platform and the largest outdoor installation ever seen in Weston-super-Mare, located at the town’s seafront Tropicana site.

SEE MONSTER will use its unique seafront location to harness the power of the elements to provide renewable energy for the structure, transforming the seafront into a large-scale public art installation. It will:

  • have planted gardens and a waterfall with places to meet
  • be a fun and educational place which will focus on weather, climate change and green technologies
  • have a dedicated outreach team with a science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) focus.

SEE MONSTER is expected to attract up to 200,000 visitors over the two months it will be in Weston-super-Mare.  Entry to SEE MONSTER will be free, with local residents getting a first look. Information regarding ticket access will be announced later this year. The build will start in spring 2022 and will take approximately two months.

Leader of North Somerset Council, Cllr Don Davies, said: “It’s an honour to be chosen as one of the ten locations for UNBOXED and we see great opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors during the eight weeks SEE MONSTER will be with us.

“The renewable technologies that will be showcased at SEE MONSTER support our ambitions for North Somerset to be net carbon neutral by 2030 and we are delighted to support and host this installation.

“It will also provide educational opportunities for our children and young people with close links to our local schools through the community outreach team.”

A programme of local school visits will run throughout the duration of SEE MONSTER.

Hosting the event supports North Somerset Council’s ten-year placemaking strategy, putting Weston-super-Mare firmly on the map as a vibrant place to live, work and visit.