To pull off the most ambitious and adventurous mural project in history. Artist Tristan Eaton has been given approval to paint the historic Red Sands Sea Forts off the coast of the UK with a team of world renowned street artists. The entire project will be recorded on multiple platforms, and will be immortalized in a full-length documentary film.
"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." - Tristan Eaton
WHO WILL PAINT THEM?
Tristan Eaton has assembled the perfect team for the job: Shepard Fairey, Futura 2000, How & Nosm, and The London Police. These artists are the best street artists the world has to offer. But it will take all their experience combined to tackle this ginormous task, all while hanging from a rope and harness high over the surging tides of the North Sea.
The Painted Oceans Documentary Film will follow the trajectory of this project through the eyes of our visionary artists. We will follow them from beginning to end, from their homes to the forts and back, capturing all the ups and downs along the way as they live on the forts for a month during this epic, historic adventure. We hope to tell a very personal story as the artist go against the odds and risk everything to paint murals in the middle of the ocean.
WHAT ARE THE RED SANDS SEA FORTS?
Eight miles off the coast of England, the remains of seven historic sea forts sit dormant. The Painted Oceans project represents just another notch in the sea fort's belt of cultural and historical significance. Since defending Great Britain against the Nazis in WWII, the forts have found themselves repeatedly in the spotlight. From their Pirate Radio notoriety in the 1960s to roles in feature films, the forts have never quite died away.
NOW THEY WILL BE REBORN
PRESERVATION & RESTORATION
The longevity and restoration of the Red Sands Sea Forts is our top priority. However, without a huge influx of support and attention, these forts could fall into the ocean forever. That's where we come in.
PAINTED OCEANS is rallying all of our resources and the global community for Street Art and Public Art to shed light on these beautiful structures to keep them alive for another generation to enjoy.
The process of painting murals on the forts brings unprecedented benefits to their long term survival. In addition to connecting all of the forts by light weight bridges for the first time since the '60s, which will allow access to historic elements of the interiors, the PAINTED OCEANS team has also brought on partners to investigate the structural restoration necessary for their ultimate restoration and survival.
The Project Redsand Trust has long term goals to convert a selection of the forts into a museum dedicated to their heritage. We are 100% in support of this goal and are using all of our resources to make this happen.
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 effect the Red Sands Sea Forts forever.
Risks and challenges
In this dangerous environment of extreme tides, decaying metal and unpredictable weather, care will be taken to provide safety for the artists as well as the natural habitat around the forts. Working under the guidance of The Port of London Authority, local non-profit group Project Redsand, local logistics partner Designersblock, and PangeaSeed, our partner for environmental concerns and eco safety, the PAINTED OCEANS team will create a remote ‘village at sea’ to strategically paint the murals and make their documentary film under the safest conditions possible.
We're so glad to have you making art history with us. For your $5 donation, you'll get a pirate's "AY" from us out on the sea! Plus, hear it all first and receive exclusive behind the scenes updates from us at sea and digital photos on the progress of the murals. Thanks for your support!
For your $10 pledge, you’ll receive a social media onslaught of love! Tristan Eaton will publicly thank you on the PAINTED OCEANS social media pages AND your name will be added to our website wall of fame! Plus, we’ll include you in our exclusive digital updates and photos on the progress of the murals.
Spread the word by showing your support! Receive multiple PAINTED OCEANS stickers in this special curated sticker pack. Your name will be added to our website wall of fame, plus we’ll include you in our exclusive digital updates and photos on the progress of the murals.
Own the PAINTED OCEANS documentary film and mug! Receive a digital copy of the film, an exclusive PAINTED OCEANS coffee mug and we'll add your name to our website wall of fame. You’ll also receive exclusive updates and photos of the progress of the murals.
Receive a signed, limited edition photograph of the Red Sands Sea Forts. We plan to bring along a very special photographer on our trip. For $25 you’ll receive the official hard copy photo of the forts.
Shipping costs on this reward are the same worldwide! Receive a signed, limited edition photograph of the Red Sands Sea Forts after the murals are complete. See all that your pledge helped make happen. For $25 you’ll receive the official hard copy photo of the forts signed by Tristan Eaton and the photographer, approximately 10" x 10".
Hope you’re working with decent bandwidth, because you’ll get a digital copy of the film, social media shout out from Tristan, your name will be added to our online wall of fame, and you’ll get digital updates from the crew.
You'll receive the exclusive PAINTED OCEANS T-shirt, and we’ll add your name to our website wall of fame! Plus, you’ll be included on our exclusive digital updates and photos on the progress of the murals.
Receive a signed exclusive Tristan Eaton art print from his archive. He’s hand selecting pieces from previous projects to share. Plus you receive the sticker pack, your name will be added to our website wall of fame, and you’re included in the exclusive digital updates from the crew.
Thanks to our friends at The Container Yard in LA, you’ll receive a limited edition 5”, 3-D printed, MINI-SEAFORT model that Tristan will paint and sign, a digital copy of the film, and digital updates from the crew.
We plan to use a lot of paint, and thanks to Montana Cans, we are getting a literal boatload. For your support you’ll receive this signed, Limited Edition Tristan Eaton Art Can. Plus we’ll throw in the digital updates on the progress of the forts, and a digital download of the film. At this rate, we would only need 6,667 paint cans to pay for the entire project! Start shakin’…
Your coffee table will thank you -- receive a hard copy of the OFFICIAL PAINTED OCEANS book, signed by ALL the artists! This book documents the process, challenges, and hopefully with your support, the VICTORY! Plus updates from the crew.
Receive two tickets to the PAINTED OCEANS movie premiere in the location of your choice, Los Angeles, Detroit, Miami, London or New York. This event will be attended by various artists and members of the crew. You’ll also receive the digital download of the movie, in case seeing it once is just not enough. Please note that travel and accommodations are not included.
Receive an ORIGINAL SKETCH by Tristan Eaton. Looks like we might have to build a post office at sea! Impress your mailman when you receive a HAND ILLUSTRATED POSTCARD from Tristan Eaton. This postcard will be a ONE-OF-A-KIND piece of mini-art inspired by the forts. Each card will also be signed with a personal note from Tristan. This is the ONLY pledge level that includes this reward. You also receive the digital download of the film and the digital updates.
Tristan is creating a custom art print inspired by his mural on the Sea Forts. Prints feature silkscreen, hand embellishment, giclee, spray paint processes. Print is 24” x 36” and comes signed and numbered.
Your name will be immortalized on the FORTS. Tristan will create the OFFICIAL PAINTED OCEANS plaque that he’s going to display on the forts. We will photograph the plaque for his official Instagram page and tag you, saying thanks! PLUS! We will put your name in the official coffee table book we are creating to be featured on tour in the traveling exhibit. You’ll become part of the ART! Also included is a digital copy of the film, AND…wait for it…your name featured in the credits of the film!
Meet us in Whitstable at the end of the project and party on the boat with us! With the wind in your face and smell of salt water, you’ll see the forts up-close with the artist and our special guest DJ. The date of the event will be available once the project is underway. Travel and accommodations before and after the party are not included.
Receive an exclusive pencil sketch portrait of a person of your choosing by Tristan Eaton (no larger than18” x 24”), plus all the digital downloads, the book, and special thanks in the credits of the film and book.
Receive the PAINTED OCEANS portfolio of 5 fine art editions. Each one specifically designed by one of our PAINTED OCEANS artists: TRISTAN EATON, SHEPARD FAIREY, FUTURA 2000, THE LONDON POLICE, HOW & NOSM. Prints feature silkscreen, hand embellishment, giclee, spray paint processes. Prints are 24” x 35”. They come signed and numbered by the artist.
BECOME A BONAFIDE PRODUCER: receive an associate producer credit in the opening of the film and on IMDB. You and a guest will be invited to the premiere. Your name will go on the LEGACY plaque which will also be featured in the book, send you a physical copy of the book, and the digital download of the film. Travel and accommodations not included.
You and a guest set foot on the forts! Meet us in Whitstable and we will take you out to the worksite. VIP treatment, including an up-close, personal tour by Tristan. You’ll meet the other artists that are on site as they dangle over the side painting. We will document your visit by taking your photo with the artists and crew. Plus, receive the book, name featured on the legacy plaque and book. Window of dates will be available once the project is under way. Travel and accommodations before and after the tour not included.