Wild, inflatable sea monster takes over the Navy Yard

The eye-catching, colorful artwork is a big draw and getting Philly talking

Justin Udo
October 09, 2018 - 5:50 pm

Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A purple, blue, and green sea monster has taken over The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, and sightseers can't get enough.

"It's incredible, it's so extraordinary," said one witness.

Many who got a chance see the sea monster and its 20 tentacles bursting out of an old warehouse have the same reaction: shock and awe.

"Whoever dreams up something like this, it's amazing," said another. 

The eye-catching, inflatable monster is the product of Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas, two British artists brought to Philly by local curators, Group X.

"It's the largest inflatable, tentacle installation the artist has ever done," said Jennifer Tran, communications director for The Navy Yard. She said the artwork, which you can see even see from a plane, leaves people with a lot of questions and odd theories.

"Some people think it's here for Halloween, some people think that it's a sea monster escaping from the Delaware River, or that it's something else coming outside of the building," she said.

Tran said the artwork is actually bringing people into The Navy Yard to explore what they have to offer.

The colorful installation is on display until Nov. 16.