Look! Up in the Sky! Monsters can fly!
Five giant and outlandish inflatable “monsters” have flown into Shanghai and will live for a while.
The five inflatable art installations, by renowned British street art duo Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrella, will be on display for a special exhibition “Art Attack” through June 16, free of charge, at the The Hub, near the Hongqiao traffic hub in Qingpu District.
According to the duo, it is their way to add some fun to the mundane confines of the city. By combining art into buildings and daily lives, they hope to create surreal scenes to fire the imagination.
One of the five pieces of art, “Sea Monsters Here,” features eight monstrous green tentacles bursting from buildings, inspired by the popular character Davy Jones in hit movie series “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
The inflated tentacles, each 10 meters long and 1 meter wide, curl and swing in the wind, just like a swimming octopus in the ocean.
“Monster Groaner” is a 7-meter-high blue monster, with seven eyes. Sitting in a sea of plastic balls, it sticks out its tongue at people.
“Abstract Garden” is planted with five dragon fruit-like objects.
And the big “Beanstalk” — inspired by “Jack and the Beanstalk” — grows from the concrete jungle up to the skies.
“Eyeballs” are two eyeballs, each 2 meters in diameter. They are hung on the façade of a structure, giving it life.
Luker and Estrella had exhibited their works in several countries including Britain, India and Australia. They participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics and American music festival Lollapalooza.