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Posted on November 7th, 2023

Your Imagery Work Break – The SEE Monster 2022

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November’s here, along with the beginning of the holiday season; so we’re excited for the joy of food, family and togetherness. For your work break today, grab a cozy drink and take a stroll in the crisp autumn air. While enjoying your drink, take a moment to check out this 30-centimeter (cm) Pléiades Neo 3 image collected of the SEE Monster in Weston-super-Mare, England, taken at 12:26 PM Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on November 4, 2022.

The SEE Monster is a retired oil platform that originally resided in the North Sea. After a lifetime of enduring stormy seas, the rig was transformed into a temporary outdoor art installation on the beaches of Weston-super-Mare, England. The installation was part of the nationwide festival, Unboxed: Creativity in the UK.

The restructured rig was displayed at Weston-super-Mare’s seafront landmark – the Tropicana Weston. The piece is one of the largest public art installations in the United Kingdom. The rigging platform itself weighs nearly 450 tons, and was redesigned to include a garden filled with plants sustainable in the Atlantic weather, a 10-meter waterfall, and multiple kinetic artworks by artist Ivan Black. WindNest, the irrigation system for the SEE Monster, was designed by artist Trevor Lee in a brilliant blending of art and clean, renewable energy.

The SEE Monster is the first structure of its kind to be reused this way. Its creators hope to generate global conversations about reuse, repurposing and renewables for a greener future. This Pléiades Neo 3 image was collected on the November 4, 2022 while the SEE monster was on display in Weston-super-Mare. The aerial view of the structure offers a nice scope of how massive the platform is in comparison to the nearby houses and buildings.

Have a great rest of your workday! 😊

(Image Courtesy: Airbus. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved color accuracy and clarity.)

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