Watch the monster: when it opens, tickets, times, what to expect

A decommissioned oil rig turned into an interactive art installation will open to the public this weekend.

Access to The See Monster will be free and open on Saturday (September 24th).

It will be open for more than a month.

If you are in North Somerset or intrigued by the project, you may be wondering how you can visit it.

This is all you need to know:

Where is Sea Monster?

The art project is located in Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset.

It is located on the beach between The Grand Pier and Royal Sands.

What is Sea Monster?

A decommissioned 450-ton oil rig has been converted into an interactive technical installation.

The former North Sea deck, dubbed “See Monster,” features four publicly accessible levels that host a wild garden of plants, herbs, and trees.

The installation also includes a runway, a multi-level slide, a 6000-piece kinetic installation that forms the “scales” of the monster and a 10-meter waterfall.

At the base of the 35-meter-high building is a broadcast studio.

Those behind the project hope it will transform perceptions of how to get rid of old industrial infrastructure.

See the monster. Photo: PA

When does See Monster open?

It will open to the public on Saturday (24 September).

See Monster will remain open until Saturday, November 5th.

What are the working hours?

See Monster Hotel will be open to the public daily between September 24 and November 5.

It will be open between 9am and 9pm.

Last access will be granted at 8pm.

Do you need tickets and how much do they cost?

You do not need to pay to access See Monster.

Can you bring dogs and are dogs allowed on the beach?

Only guide dogs are allowed in Sea Monster.

Dogs are not permitted on the beach section between Grand Pier and Royal Sands, from the beginning of May until the end of October, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Furry friends are welcome at all other times of the year.

See the monster. Photo: PA

Who is behind the idea of ​​See Monster?

The project was the brainchild of Leeds-based design and events firm Newsubstance and forms part of Unboxed: Creativity in the UK Festival.

In July, it was delivered to the beach of the North Somerset town and hoisted to base at the Tropicana Arts and Music Theatre.

“From the roar of the waterfall to the shimmering scales, we invite our audience to beast rise, run through the clouds and explore wild gardens until they reach the top where they can see our monster home from a new perspective,” said Patrick O’Mahony, Creative Director and Founder of Newsubstance.

“We are delighted that the public can now ride on Sea Monster, having witnessed its transformation over the past few months.

“We hope that this once-in-a-lifetime experience, which began as an experiment in education and creativity at Weston-super-Mare, will continue to have a much larger and long-lasting legacy.”

Dr Ella Gilbert, climate science advisor for the project, said: “See Monster reminds us of how our industrial history has shaped our climate, and how we can transform our future by repurposing infrastructure such as oil and gas platforms.

We know the negative impact of our dependence on fossil fuels. We rarely hear about the ways we can transform society for the better.

“See Monster is a chance to see and hear the kind of solutions and potential future we can create together, to amaze and admire the wonderful sights and sounds of the weather, and to be excited about the science behind it and learn how it helps us understand our planet.”

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