For 10 weeks in the summer of 2021, the Octopus Ahoy! art sculptures formed a public art trail across Harwich, Tendring and the wider Essex area to celebrate the Mayflower 400™️ project and 150 Years of Clacton.
Octopus hunters followed the art trail, featuring 30 4ft-by-4ft octopus sculptures, on the Octopus Ahoy! app (free to download on iPhone and Android); every time they located an octopus and scanned the QR code on the plinth of the sculpture, they unlocked a prize!
The smaller 2ft-by-2ft octopus sculptures from the Education Programme also featured on the app as a school trail, hosted in internal locations throughout the summer. These little ones have now been returned to their schools/community groups to get settled into their forever homes!
The large octopus sculptures, and a handful of smaller ones (those not owned by schools) were auctioned on 23rd September, raising £52,490 on the night (with more still being raised!) with funds being donated to Essex Community Foundation and the Mayflower Legacy Fund (part of the Tendring Community Fund).
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