New Octopus sculpture, sponsored by Essex County Council, unveiled on public art trail

New Octopus sculpture, sponsored by Essex County Council, unveiled on public art trail

An Octopus sculpture, sponsored by Essex County Council, has been unveiled in Jaywick Sands as part of the Octopus Ahoy! public art trail.

Essex County Council is proud to be a patron of a special out of this world themed octopus sculpture, sited close to the beach in Tamarisk Way, in the coastal village of Jaywick Sands.

The sculpture is in support of Tendring District Council’s Octopus Ahoy! public art trail, which opened on Friday and will remain open for 10 weeks this summer. The trail is a free and fun event for everyone, in celebration of the Mayflower 400 and Clacton 150 years, with the opportunity to visit these beautiful and unique sculptures set to be a real highlight of summer in Essex.

The incredible artwork for the sculpture was designed by professional artist, Sue Guthrie, and was chosen for Essex County Council by three young residents from Jaywick.

Pictured are Young Jaywick residents Dylan, Freddie and Billy with the extra-terrestrial octopus sculpture chosen for Essex County Council

An exciting purple extra-terrestrial design was selected, as the young people from Inclusion Ventures liked the idea of an otherworldly creature in Jaywick.

Visitors to this sculpture will be able to enjoy Jaywick’s coastline, whilst entering a prize draw, for a chance to win high street shopping gift cards worth £50 to £1000, in support of our local town centres who continue to face many challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the end of the event, all sculptures will be auctioned, with proceeds going to the Essex Community Foundation, to fund local causes.

Cllr Lesley Wagland, Cabinet Member for Economic Renewal, Infrastructure and Planning at Essex County Council, said: “Essex County Council are very proud to be an Octopus Ahoy! patron and I know that the art trail will be enjoyed by both residents and visitors, alike. This trail is a fantastic way to get out and about this summer and see the stunning Jaywick coastline.”

Cllr Mary Newton, Tendring District Council Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, commented: “If you’ve not been down to Jaywick Sands beach before, or for a while, then it’s worth the trip to remind yourself of just how beautiful it is. I’d also urge you to keep coming back, working with our partners at Essex County Council and SELEP, we have some really exciting developments, and this is really an area on the up.”

Visitors to the Octopus Ahoy! trail will need to download the app to enter the prize draw. To download the Octopus Ahoy! trail, and for further information, please visit: Home - Octopus Ahoy!

Plans have been submitted for a new workspace facility, covered market and community garden in Jaywick Sands on land opposite the octopus.

Proposals for the £2.4million project, to include a market, 25 affordable business units, a training room, café, public toilets, community garden and public realm on the corner of Brooklands and Lotus Way have been submitted to Tendring District Council with building work due to start later this year ready for completion in 2022, subject to planning permission being granted.

The hugely popular Pedal Power scheme launched on 19th June, with thousands of bikes set to be handed to eligible residents as part of a community project, backed by Essex County Council and Active Essex, to boost access to employment opportunities with a free method of transportation. To find out more information, please visit:

Last updated 29 June 2021