Habitat

Octopus Garden

Opens 22 December

Get tentacle-tied with this fascinating interactive experience

Dive into the mesmerising world of one of the ocean’s most enigmatic creatures. Play, hunt and hide in the Octopus Garden at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Developed in collaboration with Junior Major and featuring artwork by InkHunter, this new immersive space gives visitors of all ages the chance to experience the extraordinary behaviours of the elusive octopus. From their impressive camouflage skills to their incredible shapeshifting abilities, discover the ways in which they thrive in the depths of the ocean.

Play and dream this summer for an unforgettable day in the life of these magnificent creatures.

 

Octopus Garden is part of WONDERWATER, the museum’s summer program running from 22 December until 5 February.



Creative Biographies:

Junior Major is a creative agency based in Sydney.

Junior Major works with cultural organisations to create experiences from the future to inform today and inspire tomorrow. Founded in 2022, Junior Major is a highly skilled and experienced studio that values art, creative expression and exploring new ideas through technology. The team has made public art, designed and made digital exhibits and produced interactive experiences and film works.

 

Patrick Hunter, aka InkHunter is an environmental street artist from Sydney.

Growing up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches surrounded by nature, Patrick has always been immensely passionate about ocean conservation. Spending as much time as possible in the water, Patrick has served as a Surf Lifesaver for 7 years, began surfing from an early age, is an avid sustainable fisherman, freediver and scuba diver.

Over time, Patrick has become increasingly concerned about the impacts of human activity on the environment. This has been reflected in the style and themes seen in many of his artworks. As a firm believer that art can be used as a visual medium to effect change, Patrick is interested in using public artwork to engage and inspire the community to make sustainable choices.

In 2020, Patrick founded Plastic Free Beaches in response to an increase in single-use plastics such as face masks and coffee cups. Through this, Patrick has worked with schools and not-for-profit organisations to create educational artworks that encourage sustainable behaviour change. Patrick completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts & Graphic Design at Australian Catholic University. Alongside this, he studied Fine Art and Art History at the Venice Biennale.

 

 


Commissioned by the Australian National Maritime Museum and developed in collaboration with Junior Major.