During World War II, the Red Sands Sea Forts were created to protect the east coast of England from incoming Nazi fighters. Upon their retirement, subversive pirate radio stations took over as a way to shape the political conversation at time when the government wanted to speak louder than the people. Now in 2016, they will find a new life again with Painted Oceans, an international public art project helmed by B&A’s Tristan Eaton.
This summer Tristan will be joined by Shepard Fairey, Futura 2000, How & Nosm and The London Police to turn these standing monuments into sculpture of culture. It won’t be easy, and it will have it’s risks, but each of these creative titans will reclaim the forts for the aesthetic pleasure of the people as a place of expression and celebration.
Painted Oceans is fully permitted by the Ministry of Defense, Crown Estate and English Heritage Foundation along with the cooperation of Project Redsand, but needs some help with funding to become a reality. To make the final stretch they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign that is live now.