Art: Navy Yard Sea Monster
Sea Monsters HERE was the first collaborative partnership between Group X, a group of Philly-based artists, curators, and organizers whose members are anonymous, and the Navy Yard. United Kingdom-based artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas were commissioned because of the eye-catching scale and surrealist nature of their work. The installation employs 20 inflated tentacles ranging from 32 feet to 40 feet to form what can appear to be one or many colorful sea creatures attempting to escape from Building 611 at the Navy Yard. With their sculpture, Luker and Estrellas attend to the urban environment to offer humor and to make us think. They wish to inspire the onlookers to see their surroundings in a different light.
Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas have been making inflatable sculptures since 1996. They started by creating sculptures for night clubs and parties, then moved to festivals. When their pieces got bigger they began testing them out by inflating them in parks and in the street outside their workshop. From the sublime to the ridiculous, the artists launch themselves fearlessly into new ideas and innovation. Their eye-catching interventions capture the imagination of unsuspecting passers-by and they have carved a unique niche in the international street art movement. Working with their highly-skilled team, their company, Designs in Air, create groundbreaking installations around the globe.