The former US Navy shipyard in Philadelphia is hosting “Sea Monsters HERE”, an inflatable sculpture comprising dozens of huge inflatable kraken tentacles.
Yeah, this wasn't the “Philadelphia Experiment” anyone was looking for but hey, we're living in unusual times. Kudos to world-renowned UK-based artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas for creating history's largest inflatable tentacle sculpture and freaking out untold Philadelphians who thought they'd seen everything.
The temporary (October 8th through November 16th) art exhibit features 20 inflated purple and blue tentacles festooned with lime-green suckers. The 32- to 40-ft long tentacles emerge from windows and roof openings at Building 611, built in 1942 as part of the Navy Yard's wartime expansion.
“Sea Monsters HERE” is a collaborative partnership project between Group X (a group of Philly-based artists, curators, and organizers who members choose to remain anonymous) and the Navy Yard. The exhibit highlights the ongoing redevelopment of old base where currently over 13,500 workers are employed at 150 different companies.
“The Navy Yard is one of Philadelphia's most iconic places, with layers of historic and modern buildings, large-scale warehouses, and maritime assets along the riverfront,” explained Jennifer Tran, PIDC's Director of Navy Yard Marketing & Communications. “We partnered with Group X to find an artist who would use the Navy Yard as a platform for art to surprise and delight the audience."
"We are thrilled to unveil this one-of-a-kind and striking public art installation today, which gives visitors and employees another reason to explore the Navy Yard,” added Tran. One might say the old Yard is looking... “armed” and fabulous. (images via The Navy Yard and R'lyeh Imaging)