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Octopus Garden opens – Get tentacle tied in a fascinating interactive experience!

Australian National Maritime Museum 2 mins read
Octopus Garden Image

Play, hunt and hide in the mesmerising world of one of the ocean’s most enigmatic creatures.

Commissioned by the Australian National Maritime Museum and developed in collaboration with Junior Major and featuring artwork by InkHunter, this new immersive event gives visitors of all ages the chance to experience the extraordinary behaviours of the elusive octopus. From their impressive camouflage skills to their incredible shapeshifting abilities, discover the ways in which they thrive in the depths of the ocean.

Ms Daryl Karp, CEO and Director said, ‘Octopus Garden provides a cool, interactive play space for families during summer. We have created, with the digital skills of Junior Major and the creative brain of InkHunter, a space that not only is fun but highlights the abilities of the remarkable octopus.’

Tom Siddell, Creative Director of Junior Major said, ‘We have created a digital playground where kids can hide, play, hunt, and even dream like an octopus! It’s all about having fun while learning about these incredible ocean creatures.’

Play and dream this summer for an unforgettable day in the life of these magnificent creatures.

Octopus Garden is part of WONDERWATER, the museum’s summer program running from 22 December until 4 February.

Creative Biographies:

Junior Major is a creative agency based in Sydney.

Junior Major works with cultural organisations to create experiences from the future to inform today and inspire tomorrow. Founded in 2022, Junior Major is a highly skilled and experienced studio that values art, creative expression and exploring new ideas through technology. The team has made public art, designed and made digital exhibits and produced interactive experiences and film works.

Patrick Hunter, aka InkHunter is an environmental street artist from Sydney. Growing up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches surrounded by nature, Patrick has always been immensely passionate about ocean conservation. Spending as much time as possible in the water, Patrick has served as a Surf Lifesaver for 7 years, began surfing from an early age, is an avid sustainable fisherman, freediver and scuba diver.

Over time, Patrick has become increasingly concerned about the impacts of human activity on the environment. This has been reflected in the style and themes seen in many of his artworks. As a firm believer that art can be used as a visual medium to effect change, Patrick is interested in using public artwork to engage and inspire the community to make sustainable choices.

 

ENDS

Octopus Garden Images

Octopus Garden is part of WONDERWATER, the museum’s summer program running from
22 December until 4 February.

 

 For further information or interviews please contact:

Steve Riethoff                  m: 0417 047 837                            e: steve.riethoff@sea.museum

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