Octopus' Garden wows audience

Under the sea in an octopus garden

Last updated 11:30 28/09/2012
Octopus garden

Seascape: Seven-thousand-plus hours of work culminated in Helen Millen’s Octopus’ Garden stretching its tentacles on the opening night of the Brancott Estate World of WearableArt (WOW) extravaganza in Wellington last night.

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Origins by Rita Schrieken of Paraparaumu
Octopus garden
Helen Millen’s Octopus’ Garden stretching its tentacles

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A Linkwater woman's two-part creation has made its debut at the World of WearableArt (WOW) show in Wellington.

Helen Millen's Octopus' Garden was admired by the 3800 people who packed TSB Bank Arena last night to see the two-hour show encompassing art, theatre, dance and music.

WOW 2012 features 164 garments, designed by both amateurs and professionals, including Ms Millen who was inspired by The Beatles' song of the same name.

The octopus design features intricate tentacles made from hardened polyester cut with a soldering iron to feed the suckers through. Combined, the sea creature and its underwater garden will be judged in the South Pacific section of the contest.

The results will be announced tonight, along with the overall winner of the show.

WOW continues in Wellington until October 7.

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