CARTOON tentacles have adorned the front of an Ulverston theatre as part of an exhibition.

Throughout August visitors to Ulverston will be greeted by the unforgettable sight of huge inflatable cartoon tentacles bursting from the windows of The Coro and out over County Square, hinting at a world of incredible journeys inside just waiting to be explored.

The centrepiece of Incredible Journeys is Aerial: an 'awe-inspiring' video installation from multi-media artistic partnership Heinrich & Palmer. Aerial takes 3D laser scans of fourteen migratory birds and transforms them into dancing bodies of light in a huge virtual diorama, set to a specially composed soundtrack.

Tentacles is the brainchild of Designs in Air - a pioneering inflatable design company, formed by designer Pete Hamilton and artist Luke Egan, who create original inflatable sculptures and spectacular installations that have been featured at many major events and exhibitions around the world. In around 2004 the art duo decided to bring some of their surreal sculptures into the ‘real world’.

Beth Kennedy, Director of Ulverston Community Enterprises – the organisation that manages The Coro – said: "Free-to-visit public art displays really have the ability to catch the imagination. Thanks to the draw of Luke Jerram’s fantastic Museum of the Moon and Gaia, we welcomed thousands of new visitors to The Coro over the past two summers, many of whom hadn’t been to Ulverston before.

"Aerial and Tentacles are similarly impactful visual pieces that have to be seen to be believed, so we hope they will have the same pull while offering families an affordable day out to enjoy this summer." 

Incredible Journeys will be open Thursday-Sunday, from 10.00am-5.00pm, between August 5 and 26. Tickets are free, but advance booking is recommended to secure your preferred entry time. Find out more and book at