British Artists Create Navy Yard’s First Installation of Public Art

(Image via WHYY)

The Navy Yard in Philadelphia has unveiled at one of its warehouses its first large-scale installation of public art, writes Peter Crimmins for WHYY.

Created by Luke Egan and Pete Hamilton, the installation depicts 20 tentacles from some kind of sea leviathan bursting through the windows of the rusting building. With each of the tentacles measuring about 40 feet, they sway in the wind as if searching for food.

The U.K.-based artists, also known as Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas, have become internationally renowned thanks to their inflatable tentacles. They were invited by the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation to create a 45-day temporary installation at the Navy Yard.

PIDC manages the real estate of the Navy Yard and is also responsible for attracting businesses to the area.

“We want to use art and culture to connect to the community,” said PIDC’s Navy Yard marketing director, Jennifer Tran.

The seemingly abandoned warehouse is actually active so the public is not allowed to go inside. This leaves spectators wondering just what kind of a monster lurks inside.

“This is a fun piece. Let’s people’s imagination run wild,” said Tran.

Read more about the art installation from WHYY by clicking here.

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