Golden Spider

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    Arachnophobes of the world beware, this is one blood-curdling sight: a monumental, 10-meter-high (33 feet) spider. It has taken up residence in downtown Zurich, Switzerland, where it dominates a lakeshore spot on Bürkliplatz.

    The arachnid is a sculpture named ‘’Maman‘‘ (Mommy) by Franco-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) and it’s one of the most popular pieces of contemporary art out there. Both in terms of size, and its effect on people, the bronze and stainless steel spider and its sac of marble eggs is no average piece of art.

    On Wednesday night, leg-by-leg, the 11-ton monster was assembled under the watchful eye of a US specialist. It took seven people and two cranes to get the job done. The piece belongs to a private art collection. Before making it to Zurich, the spider spent some time in Bern, where it towered over the Bundesplatz, home of Switzerland’s federal parliament. On August 2, it will move on to Geneva.

    The giant spider will then continue its Swiss tour in Basel, as the core piece of a retrospective devoted to Louise Bourgeois at the prestigious, Renzo Piano-designed Beyeler Foundation in the suburb of Riehen. The spider will be on display in the museum gardens for an exhibition that opens on September 3 and honors the 100 year anniversary of the artist's birth.


    Adnan Yahya, Rob-Wei, Pint-Size Pirate, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. tianxiaozhang 39 months ago | reply

      That's a large spider....

    2. Jim529 39 months ago | reply

      Super shot.

    3. NikoGogol 39 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo!
      Seen in the the group
      *That's My Photo !*

    4. Rob-Wei 39 months ago | reply

      Klasse Aufnahme! Du hast aber auch echt Glück dass das Ding bei dir um die Ecke steht, würde das gerne mal selbst sehen.

    5. chendey 39 months ago | reply

      When ever I head into Zurich and see that Spider it always amazes me. Great Shot!

    6. BlueisCoool 39 months ago | reply

      What a great piece of art - nice capture.

    7. thepretenda 38 months ago | reply

      I hate spiders!! But I love photos!!

    8. bhashasy 27 months ago | reply

      liked the perspective

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