It came from…

..another world, maybe?  Same game.

Spider I handed this one off to Bodo earlier today, and he has not yet come up with the title, artist or location.

Pat Lang

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26 Responses to It came from…

  1. LA Confidential Pantload says:

    Looks like the Spider sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

  2. john in Los Angeles says:

    Yes, Col. This is a mid 1970s piece from the “turd in the punchbowl” school of architecture immortalized by Tom Wolfe– the unwanted, unneeded, unbeautiful, ungainly, oversized public square sculpture to which the Western World has been subjected since the 1960s.
    This type of work is produced by earnest people dressed in black and wearing square glasses.
    It is peed-on by teen skateboarders and winos.
    It is held to be a public nuisance by upper middle class citizens who would much rather see this type of spot graced by a fountain or (in Virginia) a Confederate General.
    It is…Inshallah…temporary

  3. Patrick Henry says:

    It looks like the 3.2 million dollar Giant Spider sculpture by Louis Bourgeois..located outside the national gallery in Ottowa, Canada..

  4. Patrick Henry says:

    Opps..Its Name is MAMAN..

  5. Patrick Henry says:

    Artist..Louis Bourgeois..
    Location..Ottowa, Canada

  6. pbrownlee says:

    Maman by Louis Bourgeois — and it moves around quite a bit.

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  8. Rojo says:

    by Louise Bourgeois
    Outside Ottawa’s National Gallery of Art.

  9. jang says:

    “Maman” National Gallery of Canada Plaza. Louise Bourgeois “gargantuan bronze spider” 2005. “Evokes a sense of security but also entrapment” She may need snow boots by Christmas.

  10. irene says:

    aaah! it’s Maman. by Louise Bourgeois. I thought it was in Canada. next to the National Gallery in Ottawa. That doesn’t look like the National Gallery of Canada though.

  11. John Powers says:
    A Spider which sculpted by Louise Bourgeois which lives outside the National Gallery of Canada.
    I just remembered I have to say when. I’m embarrassed…sometime after 1948.

  12. John Powers says:

    Louis Bourgeous, Spider, installed 1997. Outside the National Gallery Canada.

  13. pbrownlee says:

    Maman, 1999. Bronze and steel, 30 feet 5 inches x 29 feet 3 inches x 33 feet 7 inches, Edition of 6, 1 A.P. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. © Louise Bourgeois/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
    Like a creature escaped from a dream, or a larger-than-life embodiment of a secret childhood fear, the giant spider Maman (1999) casts a powerful physical and psychological shadow. Over 30 feet high, the mammoth sculpture is one of the most ambitious undertakings in the long career of Louse Bourgeois (b. Paris, 1911). Through a vast oeuvre spanning over 60 years, Bourgeois has plumbed the depths of human emotion further and more passionately than perhaps any other artist of our time. In its evocation of the psyche, her work is both universal and deeply personal, with frequent, explicit reference to painful childhood memories of an unfaithful father and a loving but complicit mother. Bourgeois first gained notice in the 1940s with her Surrealist-inspired Personnages: thin, vertical forms in wood or stone that evoke the human body. Installed in clusters, suggesting a small crowd or perhaps a family, the Personnages were meant to symbolize figures from the artist’s past. Maman, in fact, is associated with the artist’s own mother. The spider, who protects her precious eggs in a steel cage-like body, provokes awe and fear, but her massive height, improbably balanced on slender legs, conveys an almost poignant vulnerability.

  14. Sven says:

    Louise Bourgeois’s Maman outside the National Gallery of Art in Ottawa.

  15. Bruce says:

    I’ve seen a similar sculpture by Louise Bourgeois in Bilbao.
    Google images came up with pictures of several of her pieces.
    I’ll leave it to an expert to fill in the rest.

  16. arbogast says:

    Is it an Avondale spider?

  17. W. Patrick Lang says:

    Congratulations to all. Next time, something more obscure. Feel free to nominate art targets to me. pl

  18. jang says:

    “Maman” Gargantuan 30′ spider sculpture “recently” arrived at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. (Hello….it’s still barbequing weather in Ontario, thank God,) Created by Louise Bourgeois, weighing 18,000 lbs. “Spiders have the ability to fabricate complex and calculated webs”: Aren’t you brilliant, Col. Lang: just like the propaganda machine of the GOP ,though that is no laughing matter. A web of suggestion and a chimera of deceipt the complexity of which remains largely unrecognised by the people themselves has been actively introduced which influences and biases the very thought patterns of Americans. Perceptions are swayed by techniques we do not even recognize and the very “metrics” seem to have been pre-defined. I would greatly appreciate if you would comment on the synchronization of persuasive techniques which have subtly or not so subtly been used to bolster the BushCo gestalt of “thought” pattern and who has created them. Considering that these techniques sway opinion much like the sales of Viagra are encouraged by friendly TV ads. (And I am left to say” if you have any loss of vision, please contact your Physician”). Many thanks

  19. EB Guy says:

    While I know, having seen it, that this sculpture is now in Ottawa, it looks like it should be on the approach to the Hogwarts forest. Wonder if JK Rowling ever saw it? I believe it, or perhaps it was a similar piece, was in London for a time.

  20. W. Patrick Lang says:

    Not sure I had worked that out but maybe you are right. pl

  21. pbrownlee says:

    I’ve always thought it could use a couple of kids’ swings — one or two on each leg — but I’m not sure most mothers would agree. A whole playgound set under and around Maman would be quite something.

  22. Nabil says:

    You should see the artistic atrocities that grace the corniche and the roundabouts in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    Combine the prohibition against graven images with a garish Saudi aesthetic and you get….30 foot coffee pots, towering car wrecks, sculpted monoliths of swiss cheese. Makes this spider look like real art.

  23. W. Patrick Lang says:

    I lived in Jidda and remember well the monstrosities. pl

  24. kim says:

    well, i do make statements about the present administration not doing legitimate real governing,though i’m no way expert in such matters, so maybe i shouldn’t be concerned with thw questions here about “real art”.

  25. Izz says:

    They made six of them, the only one I saw was in front of the national Gallery of Ottawa, I know there is one in new yok, the Other 4, I have no clue

  26. Joe Hutchinson says:

    Yes, the 60’s Jonny Quest episode “The Robot Spy” was the one. I always have considered the nearly indestructible spider-like spy to be the forerunner of all Transformers-like critters.
    Delivered by a special flying carrier, the featureless, meter wide bowling ball expanded logically and gracefully to a 5-7 meter spider-like industrial spy very reminiscent of the sculpture here. It was fast, silent, very well armored, had a cyclopian eye that sent pics of plans back to the evil Dr. Zin. The legs must have been very ingeniously contrived to open doors and cabinets and page through documents. Today it would easily be worth 10 billion bucks to any government on earth (a peaceful use: imagine it in space for maintainence or construction!).
    Note: in “The Incredibles”, Syndrone’s cyclopian menace and carrier look too close to “The Robot Spy” to be coincidence (and Zin = Syndrone, too, in some respects).
    When it was discovered taking pics, a furious running battle ensued. Finally only the new “Para-power” ray cannon made by Dr. Quest -ironically the Robot Spy’s target- could bring down it’s flying carrier and destroy the spy. (Dr. Quest commented that the ray was supposed to disable, not destroy it… an attitude towards a sucessful advanced weapon much closer to that of “the gas of peace” from “Days to Come” than current… who says the 60’s were full of immoral cartoons). Definately one of the top episodes.

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