Ottawa Ontario ~ Canada ~ National Gallery of Canada ~ Maman Sculpture ~ Spider
The National Gallery of Canada is installing a massive bronze spider by its front doors this week – and at a cost of $3.2 million, it's the gallery's most expensive purchase ever.
Maman (1999) is a bronze, stainless steel, and marble sculpture by the artist Louise Bourgeois. The sculpture, which depicts a spider, is among the world's largest, measuring over 30 ft high and over 33 ft wide (927 x 891 x 1024 cm).[It includes a sac containing 26 marble eggs and its abdomen and thorax are made up of ribbed bronze. The title is the familiar French word for Mother. The sculpture was created in 1999 by Bourgeois as a part of her inaugural commission of The Unilever Series (2000), in the Turbine Hall at London's Tate Modern. This original was created in steel, with an edition of six subsequent castings in bronze