During WWII, the Maunsell Forts were built off the eastern coast of the United Kingdom as a point of defense for the army and navy. Following their decommission in the 1950s, they were used as a pirate radio broadcasting center among other things, but were later deemed unsafe. With a long-term goal of preserving and restoring a selection of the sea forts, street artist Tristan Eaton has assembled a team of world-famous artists to turn the relics into works of art. The project is called Painted Oceans.
Eaton, Shepard Fairey, How & Nosm, Futura 2000, and The London Police plan to hang from rope and harness in order to paint the giant structures. They'll record the entire experience, producing a full-length documentary and coffee table art book. They've launched a Kickstarter to help fund the ambitious project, and it's well on its way to being funded with 28 days left in the fundraiser.
Rendering of painted sea fort // Kickstarter
A quote from Eaton on the Kickstarter page reads:
"These forts are a timeless symbol of resistance. Whether it's fighting the tyranny of the Nazis during WWII or fighting censorship in their Pirate Radio days in the 60's - they've always been on the frontline of defense against oppression. This makes them a perfect icon for the spirit of the street art & graffiti movement and I think it's important to share their story with a new generation."
Check out the video above to learn more about the project.
Banner image via Kickstarter
[h/t: Tristan Eaton]