On the occasion of the World Ocean Day in June 2015 the Blue Octopus was created as a symbol for the clean waves around Ericeira in Portugal – the world’s first and only World Surfing Reserve in Europe!
In the week preceding the World Ocean Day Skeleton Sea cleaned the beaches around Ericeira with local school kids. They then turned the waste into art including the eight arms and head of the Polvo Azul.
In 2018 the Polvo Azul was updated to the Polvo Incognit by Joao Parrinha & Xandi Kreuzeder with the following message:
Revenge will come.
Forget about the past … we are the survivors.
We do not need to sleep, we do not need to live together as a group.
We have more than one brain and we are able to solve problems and hide without anyone being able to discover our stalking. We know how to defend ourselves against our adversaries, it does not matter if it is a shark or a human.
We do not have bones that allows us to escape from the impossible.
Plastic is not our problem, we can survive it.
Our biggest enemy is the human who cuts us into pieces for salad.
The human that warms up the world while destroying our ecosystem.
This miserly human.
This greedy human.
But there is something unknown of us, we have memory and rancor,
on the day of the uprising we will fight to death.
Artists: Joao Parrinha & Xandi Kreuzeder in Ericeira, Portugal
Material: Mixed Beach Trash; Size: 450 cm diameter