TAMPA, FLORIDA, November 2021: Following the wave of success of Crab Devil’s kinetic art installation featured at the Gasparilla Music Festival, the Tampa-based multi-media art collective has launched its new interactive website. The website features a functioning virtual version of the Crab Devil Bait Shop, the real-life gateway that will lead visitors into “The Peninsularium” immersive art attraction. Populated with sound effects, leaping fish, flickering lights, and elements for discovery, the digital diorama simulates the experience of the physical space. The website provides visitors an opportunity for a “deep dive” into the goals and inspiration for the project, artist spotlights, progress updates, and more.
“It’s been a long journey and, with a project the size of The Peninsularium, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what brought us all here in the first place,” says Devon Brady, Crab Devil CEO. “The desire to build the products of our own imaginations, to create a sense of joy and wonder in the viewer, and to change people’s lives for the better. It’s all an enormous amount of work and it takes a team of talented and hard-working individuals to pull it off, but, fortunately, we have that in spades.”
Crab Devil debuted its first exclusive look of “The Peninsularium,” with the installation “Munchausen Waves.” Attendees of all ages were intrigued and delighted during this year’s Gasparilla Music Festival (GMF).
“The scale, color and movement in the kinetic sculpture that Crab Devil demonstrated at the Gasparilla Music Festival show, once again, that the Tampa art scene is too small a playground for these master designers, craftspeople and artists,” comments Chris Rish, a longtime friend, and attendee of Gasparilla Music Festival. “Their pieces belong in major collections or adorning international institutions. It’s just great art. What Devon Brady, Mike Lemieux, and their extended families and teammates at Crab Devil can bring next will showcase their genius to the world. I can’t wait to watch and support their success with the Peninsularium project.”
“Munchausen Waves” was created by Crab Devil CEO and artist Devon Brady. Inspired by renaissance-era theatrics, “Munchausen Waves” is an “illusion of an illusion” and quickly became a crowd favorite at GMF. Additionally, Crab Devil gave guests a sneak peek of the “Cabinet of Curiosities,” a collection of objects inspired by Florida’s flora and fauna and kitsch history. “Munchausen Waves” contributes to the more significant collection of installations Crab Devil will produce and showcase in Tampa Bay in 2022.
To view the new Crab Devil interactive website, visit crabdevil.com.
About Crab Devil
Crab Devil, LLC is a Tampa-based multimedia art collective of artists, designers, curators, musicians, writers, programmers, brewers, philosophers, and makers. “The Pennisularium” is an immersive arts attraction imagined as a family-friendly cabinet of curiosities ripe with kitsch. The installation explores the fantastical history and lore of Florida, showcasing the state at its most weird, wild, and wonderful. “The Pennisularium” presented by Crab Devil is Tampa’s first and only permanent, immersive art installation experience. Crab Devil was founded on the vision of harnessing these talents, and featuring a roster of rotating artists, in one centralized location.
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