"Octoshedopus" Parade Rolls Through Takoma Park!
The Great Octoshedopus Parade rolled through Takoma Park this morning! An excited pack of preschoolers helped fiber artist Stacy Cantrell move her 17-foot-tall crocheted octopus from the downtown clock tower to the playground shed at Takoma Children’s School. The City of Takoma Park commissioned Cantrell to create the colorful cephalopod called Oct O’Clock which lived on top of the clock tower for six months. The Takoma Children’s School submitted the winning video in the City’s Octo-Gone contest where contestants could say why they wanted the octopus and what they would call it. The preschoolers decided the octopus should live on top of their shed and be called Octoshedopus! It’s a mouthful but it has a nice ring to it.
The City of Takoma Park celebrates and supports the arts through public art projects like this one. We also host many arts and culture events at the Takoma Park Community Center, including art exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, poetry readings, concerts, and more. Info about upcoming events in the We Are Takoma cultural series can be found here and you can sign up for our weekly e-newsletter here.