In August of 2008 while driving along The Embarcadero, I noticed this giant scupture. Who would miss this huge spider? The sculpture is named Crouching Spider by artist Louise Bourgeois. Crouching Spider weighs 4,333 pounds. Then in February of this year, I walked up and down Embarcadero and did not see it. It was no longer there. Then I remembered reading about this structure in the March-April 2008 Via Magazine. Here’s what Via said about this structure:
“A 4,333-pound spider inspired by the artist’s mother? The New York City-based Bourgeios, born in France to a family of tapestry restorers, has written that, like a spider, here mother was “deliberate, clever, patient, soothing, reasonable, dainty, subtle, indispensable, neat, and useful.” Intended as a temporary installation on the Embarcadero until June 2008, with a possible 10-month extension, this arachnid stands poised within steps of the Ferry Building’s gourmet food purveyors and about a quarter mile from Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s giant bow-and-arrow sculpture. “We’d love to make it a permanent,” says Jill Manton of the San Francisco Arts Commission, which contracted teh spider, “but the city simply can’t afford the $6 million price.” Any deep-pocketed archnophile art patrons out there?”
That article was from March 2008, I shot the picture in August 2008. Is it possible that I was not paying attention when I went out walking in February 2009 and missed the installation? Is the spider still there? Any SF/Bay Area people know if the Crouching Spider is still there. For the giant bow-and-arrow photo, click the embarcadero link above.
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