Thousands of people are expected to flock to Weston-super-Mare this weekend to take a trip on board the town’s towering SEE Monster. The art installation opened for the first time for local residents yesterday and opens to the general public today (September 24).
Large queues formed outside the art installation yesterday with people keen to get a close up look at the 35 metre tall structure. SEE Monster was due to open in July ahead of town’s main summer holiday season.
But the project has been hit by numerous delays. It will close and start to be decommissioned on November 6, giving people just six weeks to see it.
The installation was commissioned as 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. It is costing millions – all funded by the Government – although the exact cost is unknown.
The Monster, the first of its kind in the world, will welcome an estimated 3000 people a day on board with the aim of inspiring conversations about reuse, renewables and the great British weather. It opens from 9am to 9pm daily and entry is free.
Follow this live blog for all the updates from SEE Monster today.