Monday, October 14, 2013

Roadside Attraction: Maman - Ottawa, ON, Canada

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Topic: Roadside Attractions

N 45° 25.760 W 075° 41.835

Quick Description: 

Maman, a sculpture of a giant spider, is located in the plaza in front of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Long Description:
Maman, the familiar term for mother in French, is the title of this gigantic spider sculpture created by the French born American sculptor Louise Bourgeois. The bronze and stainless steel spider is 30' high and 33' wide. All eight legs touch the ground and support the abdomen and thorax. In the central sac holds twenty-six spider eggs made of marble.

Maman was first sculpted in 1999, cast in 2003, and purchased by the National Gallery of Canada in 2004. The giant spider has become an icon of contemporary art.

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