Prop Art Studio is a full service industrial commercial art studio in Detroit, MI. This award-winning studio has been designing, sculpturing and rendering larger-than-life 3D props and other productions for more than 30 years. A resource for creative needs of all sorts, Prop Art Studio has imagined custom signage, billboards, trade show materials, parade floats, museum exhibits, full body costumes, street art, stage sets and permanent displays.

Al the Octopus


Stage & Film

About This Project

In 1995, when the Detroit Red Wings wanted to capitalize on the city’s crazy tradition of tossing octopus on the ice, they called Prop Art. And, they kept calling. Result: Seven different octopi named Al. Each one has become part of the playoff show at Joe Louis Arena. The first one measured 38 feet across and weighed 400 pounds.

The most recent Al is almost as big but weighs virtually nothing – it’s inflatable.

When you need a 400-pound octopus, call the creators at Prop Art. They turn ideas into icons.

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