SEE Monster Trip 19th Oct
SEE MONSTER is a retired rig from the North Sea, transformed into one of the UK’s largest public art installations to inspire global conversations about reuse, renewables and the great British weather.
Voyaging from the far reaches of the North Sea, SEE MONSTER has endured blustery winds and roaring waves as it encircled the UK coast in search of a new home. After a lifetime weathering the stormy seas, the retired rig has been reborn at shore in the former 1930s lido, the Tropicana. Audiences from far and wide flocked to the beach to welcome SEE MONSTER, the wild beast that has never been seen before…
By the Autumn of 2022, having been transformed along its journey, the weather-beaten monster came alive in Weston-super-Mare, as a colossal manifestation of all it has witnessed along its journey around the turbulent coast. The reawakened entity is a joyous celebration of the great British weather and British eccentricity, presenting a new vision for what the monster could become. As a pioneer towards a greener future, SEE MONSTER explores the concept of inherited structures, be those physical, social, or environmental. What do we do with the structures we inherit? And what actions can they inspire?
The installation is situated inside the Tropicana on Weston-super-Mare’s seafront, and is one of 10 government funded creative projects commissioned by UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.
After voyaging across the North Sea, and arriving on the shores of Weston-super-Mare in July, SEE MONSTER has undergone an extraordinary transformation.
With accessibility considered at every stage, SEE MONSTER towers at 35-metres tall, over four distinct levels. It features: a kinetic installation made up of 6,000 individual pieces, forming the monster’s shimmering scales; a wild garden of grasses, plants and trees grown to thrive in a seaside micro-climate; a 10-metre high waterfall; a curly slide; kinetic wind sculptures; artist and scientist collaborations, creating renewable designs for sustainable energy generation; a seated amphitheatre with unrivalled views out to sea from seaside telescopes; and a broadcast studio at the base of the structure.
On Wednesday the 19th October we were able to take our Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 classes to the SEE Monster.
It was a fantastic morning! Starting with all the children being dropped at Knight Stone Island by Parents and Carers.
We then walked along the sea front to Weston Pier when the classes broke into their different groups to take part in teacher lead activities;
Year 3 - Sand Art Pictures of the Pier, SEE Monster, Flat Holme and Steep Holme.
Year 4 - Taking part in Cricket on the beach
Year 5 - Sand Art
Year 6 - Sand Art
We arrived at the SEE Monster. The children were taken in their class groups inside and introduced to the exhibit and given a safety talk. They were introduced to their tour guide, who explained they would learn some maths, art and science while they walked around.
All the children walked up the metal stairway to start their tours.