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Surreally Giant Tentacles Waving from a Warehouse in Philadelphia

Posted on October 10, 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween in Philly this week thanks to a multi-tentacled installation at the Navy Yard.


“Sea Monsters Here”, Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas photo © Group X

It may remind some Philly folk and freight riders of the tentacles that graffiti writer AVOID has been doing for more than a decade, randomly appearing to climb walls from below, but this is all 3D bro!

The 20 tentacles are inflated and 30 to 40 feet long, waving out of windows and into the air, beckoning you to look inside, scaring the bejesus out of people walking by the intersection of 13th Street and Flagship Avenue.

“Sea Monsters Here”, Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas photo © Group X

Created by the UK artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas who started working with tentacles like these in the mid-nineties, the effect is creepily delicious, especially when October breezes blow and night time encroaches with these massive protrusions slowly undulating in silhouette against the sky.

“Sea Monsters Here”, Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas photo © Group X

Since the northern seaboard of the US is currently feeling the warm sticky effects from a hurricane to the south, those breezes that we’ve experienced since this was installed Monday have been warm and tropical, more appropriate perhaps for the few massive octopi who just might be stuck inside Building 611.

 


“Sea Monsters Here” is produced by Group X

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