Small Party shutting down the progress and savior of the Red Sands Sea Forts
I came across the Painted Oceans project because I myself am a huge fan of street art & Tristan Eaton is hands down one of my favorite artists. Tristan and many other distinguished artists have come together to bring this project to fruition. With names like Shepard Fairey, Futura 2000 and the London Police you would think everyone would be on board to keep the beautiful Red Sands Sea forts alive. These forts are 8 miles off the coast of England and were built during World War II to aid in the nations resistance against the Nazis. In the 1960's they were used to broadcast Pirate radio stations. Since then they have been abandoned to a state of semi-decay. For this reason these artists want to come in and bring life to these amazing structures before they reach a point of no return.
Since their abandonment in the 60's nobody has been willing to put in the effort or the funding to keep the sea forts alive. Eaton is quoted saying " At the end of the day, our murals are nothing but a coat of paint, but the grand sum of our efforts and our love and dedication will hopefully affect the Red Sands Sea Forts forever." This project has been approved and ongoing for the past 4 years and until recently things were running smoothly. Now there is a small group saying that these amazing artists are nothing but vandals. They can't seem to see past the spray can to get the whole picture of this project. This will bring the attention to many others who didn't even know these historic forts even existed. I can honestly say I never knew about them until this project started. Thanks to these artists who are putting their love, sweat and tears into this project these can one day be the location of a heritage museum instead of a floating eyesore given no love.
In the end this project is 100% helping the forts. Regardless of whether you think street art is Vandalism or an amazing art form they are putting fresh paint onto these forts which is step 1 of keeping them alive. Secondly, this isn't something permanent, it's a way of drawing attention to a historic piece so that hopefully new investors can come in and give the forts the upkeep they need which hasn't happened in the last 70 years. Here is a quote from Peter Kendall of the ENGLISH HERITAGE : "For world war two structures onshore, and particularly for those that are designated as heritage assets, I think that we would judge the permanent painting of these in the way proposed as harmful and it is something that we would not encourage. Such harm must however be weighed against the benefits that an artistic project might deliver through sponsorship that might fund basic repair of the structures. Such conservation work might be otherwise difficult to attract funding for and an arts project would also be possibly effective in raising the profile of the site.
We have in other places permitted temporary art installations on historic military structures on the basis that these were reversible and caused no lasting harm. The murals would not have longevity but could be a vehicle for delivering long term benefits for the fort."
I can go on forever about how ridiculous it is for this small group to put a halt on such a great project but in the end we need to take a stand. If you'd like to help push this project through and see the life of these amazing forts extended please email your support to
ROBIN ADCROFT - firstname.lastname@example.org
PETER KENDALL - Peter.Kendall@historicEngland.org.uk
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