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Rusty oil rig to be transformed into ‘See Monster’ art work

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The See Monster made landfall at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, yesterday, on a football pitchsized flatbed barge. It will be taken to its new home at the resort – the Tropicana – where Banksy’s Dismaland was based.

There it will be transformed for Government art project UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

The now-decommissioned 450-ton rig aims to start a conversation about repurposing large industrial structures and “design-led solutions to sustainable futures”.

Standing at nearly 115ft – 49ft taller than the Angel of the North and just 36ft shy of Nelson’s Column – the See Monster will open on August bank holiday weekend.

The UNBOXED festival was launched by then prime minister Theresa May in 2018 – and later dubbed the Festival of Brexit by the current EU exit opportunities minister, Jacob Rees-Mogg.

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