Standing in front of the giant spider art at the Guggenheim Bilbao museum I shivered. Gazing upward 9 meters to the Spanish sky, this mother spider looks as though she may have spun straight out of a science fiction movie.
Created by Louise Bourgeois, the metal spider sculpture goes by the name Maman. A tribute to her own mother, this giant spider art is one in a series of metal spiders around the world. Here’s hoping the mama spider convention stays away from your local town.
You may ask, as I did, how this massive metal spider sculpture could reflect fondly on the artist’s mother.
Giant spider art for Mommy dearest?
The intent of the Louise Bourgeois sculpture is to honor the weaving of the artist’s Mom. Oh the Bilbao spider plot thickens. In the artist’s eyes the Maman spider reflected maternity.
The giant spider sculpture reflects both protector and predator. With silk used to both build cocoons as well as to bind prey, Bourgeous’ art embodies strength and fragility. In my humble opinion it also embodies some creepiness.
If one is brave enough to walk under the giant spider art, a metal sac holds the mother of all spider’s eggs. The sac hangs perilously over art goers. Meanwhile the ominous metal legs create a cage like atmosphere for visitors.
Where can I find the giant spider art?
Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum can be found in Bilbao Spain in the Basque country. Filled with modern and contemporary art, the building itself is considered in architecture circles as one of the most important works since 1980.
The giant spider lives on the river side of the Guggenheim Museum. She appears to keep a mother spider watch over everyone in the center of Bilbao.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is located in the heart of the city at Avenida Abandoibarra, 2 – 48009 Bilbao. We chose to hire a guide for our day in Bilbao.
If you are staying in Bilbao our recommendation is to walk or take public transit as the museum does not have a parking facility. Some metered street parking is available or you can park underground at Plaza Pio Baroja or Plaza Euskadi car parks.
If traveling to the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum by tram you will exit at the Guggenheim stop. By Metro watch for the Moyua stop.
Now time for your opinion. Is this giant spider art or something else?