The Red Sands Sea Forts, eight miles off the coast of England, were built during World War II to aid in the nation’s resistance against the Nazis. They were subsequently used to broadcast pirate radio stations in the 1960s, then abandoned to a state of semi-decay. Now, artist Tristan Eaton has assembled some of the world’s most famous street artists — Shepard Fairey, Futura 2000, How & Nosm, and The London Police — to give the forts new life as canvases for bold murals. A documentary film will chronicle the entire ambitious undertaking.
“These forts are a timeless symbol of resistance,” Eaton says. “This makes them a perfect icon for the spirit of the street art and graffiti movement, and I think it’s important to share their story with a new generation.”
The Painted Oceans project seeks “to shed light on these beautiful structures to keep them alive for another generation to enjoy,” Eaton says. The murals are part of a broader project to eventually turn some of the forts into a heritage museum. “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.”