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MUSCATINE, Iowa — The Kraken’s tentacled march across Muscatine continued last week when it checked out of the Hotel Muscatine building and  invaded the Pearl Plaza on East Second Street in downtown Muscatine.

The mythical Great River Monster, designed by Muscatine artists Andrew Anderson and Jacob Lane, took up residence in the shopping plaza Friday, where it will reach out to shoppers and passers-by this week. 

Anderson has said he plans to install the inflatable sculpture at different locations throughout Muscatine to promote the town.

“I want people to expect exciting, interesting experiences,” he said, adding that he also wants to “strengthen Muscatine’s image as a creative place.”

According to legend, the Kraken’s diet consists mainly of small fish near the ocean floor — with the occassional seafaring wooden ship thrown in to mix things up.

There was no word from the Kraken as to his motivation behind the move to the Pearl Plaza, but some are wondering if the giant squid is switching his diet to some of the menu items at establishments in the plaza.

Maybe the Kraken decided to dine on sandwiches, pizza, tea and wine for a change.

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