PhillyKraken

The Kraken has awoken! A giant art installation in Philadelphia uses tentacles to conquer a warehouse

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Oct 11, 2018

Somebody in Philadelphia must have royally upset Davy Jones, Zeus, or possibly both. What appears to be a kraken has started to burst out of Building 611 in the Navy Yard. For the moment it seems to be contained, but we have no idea how long it will stay that way. 

Fortunately for everyone, it'll likely stay that way for a while, as the kraken in question is part of an art installation taking place in the Navy Yard, complete with giant inflatable tentacles reaching through the windows of the building and upwards to the sky. 

According to the Inquirer, the massive installation was created through a partnership between the Navy Yard and the art collective known as Group X. While the members of the Philly-based artist/curator group are anonymous, we do know that the inflatable tentacles were the work of the U.K. street art team of Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas. 

Take a look at the video below, which will give you some real perspective as to how big this work of art truly is: 

"Earlier this year, Group X pitched us on doing this piece. Out of all the designs, this one spoke to us because we thought it was really unique. It's never been seen before in Philadelphia. We thought it really pushed the boundaries," Jennifer Tran, director of Navy Yard marketing and communications, told via Inquirer.

Pushing the boundaries is right — the inflatable tentacle artists (can never have too many of those) have never made tentacles this big before. There are 20 in all, between 32 and 40 feet. The exhibit was made public this past Monday (though who knows how they managed to keep it a secret), which was also National Octopus Day. (When exactly is Nation Sea Monster Day? We don't see it on the calendar and it seems unfair.) 

"We're aiming to make artwork enjoyable for all. We want to break through the proverbial, and, in this case physical, walls that can too often keep people from feeling invited into the arts world," Group X said in a release. 

Nothing is more inviting than giant tentacles, that much we know from experience. 

If you happen to be in the Philadelphia area and want to see the giant exhibit in person, Building 611 is located at the intersection of 13th Street and Flagship Avenue... the Navy Yard that contains it is free to enter. How will you find it? We're gonna guess that it will be fairly hard to miss. It will be in place until Nov. 16... after that... the kraken will be released. Take heed, citizens, and get a bigger boat. 

(via The Inquirer)


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