See Monster, the decommissioned offshore oil platform reborn as what its creators call “one of the UK’s largest public art installations”, has opened to the public — and to mixed reviews.

Some people are praising the structure for its educational and aesthetic goals and others calling it a colossal waste of money.

Installed on the beachfront in Weston-super-Mare, See Monster officially opened on 24 September, welcoming about 300 people per hour on board the 450 tonne, 35 metre-high platform, which has been festooned with gardens, a 10-metre waterfall and 6000 aluminium “scales” that shimmer in the sea breezes.