Octopus Ohé! sculptures on auction
POPULAR artwork will be auctioned off to raise money for charity after creating a summer of fun in North Essex.
The octopus Ahoy! The trail is now complete with 31 large and 61 small octopuses leaving their temporary residences to be auctioned.
The popular trail has seen more than 22 million steps taken by explorers on the app, with sculptures found more than 103,000 times.
Online auctions for the iconic octopuses will begin next Wednesday ahead of the live auction at Talbooth in Dedham on September 23.
The large sculptures, alongside a handful of smaller ones, will go on sale to the highest bidder in hopes of raising £ 100,000 for Essex charities.
Tens of thousands of rewards were also redeemed, as residents used the app to scan QR codes when they spotted the sculptures. These ranged from afternoon tea, sweets and vouchers to an annual pass to Colchester Zoo and a two night stay at the hotel and many more.
The most found sculpture was Octopirate, designed by artist Deven Bhurke and placed on Clacton’s promenade, with 2,708 finds.
Sedna, which was created from tableware and sea glass found and donated around the Essex coast, was also the most beloved octopus.
The colorful creatures were hidden in the streets, parks and open spaces, where every explorer had the chance to have their picture taken with them.
The arts event, which was started by KAT Marketing and Tendring Council, marked 400 years since the Mayflower’s journey from Harwich to the New World and 150 years since Clacton’s formation.
Katie Skingle, Director of KAT Marketing, said: “It has been a fantastic success and the feedback from the audience has been really wonderful.
“Now it’s time for these amazing works of art to go up for sale for great charities and causes.
“They are now an integral part of the history of Tendring, so it is a unique chance to buy a piece of folklore, in particular the magnificent Take Me to the Banksy, or the magnificent Autograph which is a tribute to the suffragettes, signed by a direct descendant of Mrs. Pankhurst herself.
“These fabulous works of art always make thousands of pounds for charity, and we know they will do it again, so be sure to bid for your favorite.”
Visit octopusahoy.co.uk. to learn more about the auction.