Heart-Stopping Art of the Day: Giant Inflatable Tentacles
An artist from the U.K. has found a way to make it look as if buildings are being strangled by a malignant Kraken. And for this, we the public should be eternally grateful.
The goosebump-spreading sculptures of Filthy Luker (real name, Luke) look like complete Photoshops, but they're oh-so-real. "I have been putting them up all over the world in many various places and ways since about 2004," the artist e-mails. Luker embarked upon his line of startling objects by first painting huge balloons to look like eyes. After that caught on, he built up a business devoted to custom-making blowup octopi and what appears to be alien bacteria using 3-D software and fire-retardant nylon.
Tentacles sprout from an old diving board in Geneva:
This guy's expression is priceless. Near London:
This "Nightmare on Hill Street" was the first tentacle attack the artist attempted. You can really see how far the work has evolved:
Ah, those beautiful eyes. From "Trees Are People Too":