Tristan Eaton Revamps World War II History with Public Art
During World War II, the Red Sands Sea Forts were created as a base to protect the east coast of England from incoming Nazi fighters. After their retirement, subversive pirate radio stations took over as a way to shape the political conversation at a 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.
In the summer of 2016 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 its risks, but each of these creative titans will reclaim the forts for the aesthetic pleasure of the people as a place of expression. Along with turning these industrial memorials into pieces of living art, the Painted Oceans crew will film a documentary that follows the entire project through the eyes of the artists themselves. Painting is going to take a month, and with the limited resources available at the forts, along with the physical task of even getting to them, it’s a true challenge. There will be ups and downs, but the cameras will roll to capture it all.
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. So they’re launching a Kickstarter campaign that is now live. Less than 24 hours after launch the campaign is already almost 15% funded. There is a hunger for this kind of work and experience, and we’re proud one of our artists has taken up the mantle to make it happen.
Click through here to learn more about the project and find out how you can help – and what rewards you get for your support that include anything from a souvenir tee-shirt to original artwork from Tristan. Check out what Tristan and his team have in store.