Pauline the Purple Octopus

I finally completed the mural I’ve been working on for Haddon Township Beautification Comity. It is part of an ongoing project to make the SOHA (South of Haddon Ave.) section of their town into the arts district. The mural is on a large potter’s planter on the corner of East Collingswood Avenue and the White Horse Pike in West Collingswood, New Jersey. If you google maps to the street view, you will see a lovely before picture.


The mural is of a giant, purple octopus named “Pauline”.






Here are some in progress shots:




Some details:




I’ve always liked the idea of the sky as water, so the bubbles seem planetary to me. One bubble that struck me as particularly homey, I added some green to. If the universe was an ocean, I’m sure creatures like Pauline would influence the stars.



  1. Julia Hays said,

    October 21, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    We’d love for you to add this as a photo gallery and add a blog post on the Courier-Post’s new Collingswood InJersey site at

  2. October 21, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    […] Artist Jen Ashmen completed her purple octopus mural, yesterday. The mural is part of a series of commissioned pieces intended to beautify the community. There are fifteen murals total, each painted by a different New Jersey artist. The works are on large potters plants lining the White Horse Pike. Ashmen’s colorful cephalopod is located on the corner of East Collingswood Avenue and the White Horse Pike. The octopus’s name is “Pauline.” […]

  3. Ed said,

    October 21, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Wow! Exceptional.

  4. Kathy said,

    October 22, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Very fun!

  5. April 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    […] with the  Haddon Township Beautification Comity. Last fall, in their SOHA district, I painted Pauline. This spring, I will begin working on another large potter’s plant mural., The painting will […]

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