Madison, Wisconsin: Ozzie the Octopus (Gone)

The cheerful, green, cartoony mascot-statue of Octopus Car Wash was a tentacled multitasker, one of several in the region until the business was sold and the name changed.

Octopus Car Wash

Directions:
Octopus Car Wash. South side of Washington Ave. just west of Ingersoll St.
Hours:
Dec. 2015: statue removed.
Status:
Gone

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Ozzie Octopi.

Ozzie, Mascot of Octopus Car Wash

Ozzie has dismounted the poles he was perched upon for five decades, bringing joy to all who viewed him. However, he is not gone forever. He's just off on hiatus. Ozzie's gone to be refurbished and rejuvenated. He hasn't decided exactly where he'll be seen next, but likely next summer he'll make an appearance. Be on the lookout; some museum or perhaps the City of Madison itself may be the next place you view him. But I promise, he'll be back!

[Jeff Jurkens, 01/17/2016]

Jeff is the owner of Octopus Car Wash. His father was the visionary who made possible the Ozzie mascot.

Octopus Car Wash.

Ozzie the Octopus

Quick, amusing drive-by. The guys washing the cars smiled, but likely thought we were crazy.

[Karen, 07/25/2015]

Octopus Car Wash

Octopus Car Wash

A large octopus sits on top of the car wash sign. If you look closely you'll see he is completing many a task, such as vacuuming and waxing. There is an additional car-washing octopus at 2202 University Ave.

[Jean Dunk, 02/08/2011]

We've seen 'em in other cities as well (The most recent tally we find is 23 locations in six states, and we assume no one opens an Octopus Car Wash without the octopus). So -- not uncommon, but still amusing. Tentacled Multitasker of the Deep!

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