A new exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery is sure to turn a few heads.
In fact, many will be able to witness part of it before they even step foot inside the building.
As part of the first-ever art retrospective in Canada by Japanese international art icon Takashi Murakami – which officially kicks off on February 3 – a giant octopus is being painted outside on top of the iconic building.
The exhibit, entitled The Octupus Eats its Own Leg, officially begins on February 3 and runs until May 6, 2018.
In an interview with Daily Hive, Murakami said the name for the exhibit comes from a saying in Japan about big-headed people.
The octopus will eat all of its legs until it can no longer move, said Murakami. “This is my self portrait, I am not moving.”
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Those who have already witnessed the giant octopus taking over the gallery have shared their shots on social media.
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