PhotoHunt: Public

One of my favourite pubic pieces of art in Ottawa, outside the National Gallery of Art.

"Maman" Louise Bourgeois

I should say that the sculpture is of a female spider carrying her egg case (a sort of cage under her abdomen) which is why the title is “Maman”. It is quite tall, so it dwarfs the humans walking past or under it (brave souls). It stands across the street from the Peacekeeping Monument commemorating the Canadian men and women who have served as Peacekeepers with the UN.


  1. Rach said,

    August 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Wow, that is a huge piece. It’s very interesting. I’m sure it’s a great attraction. It must be quite intimidating walking under that but I won’t miss the chance if I was there.

  2. stanley said,

    August 1, 2010 at 3:25 am

    I’ve seen this installation elsewhere too. Love it!

  3. August 1, 2010 at 3:14 am

    what a beautiful take on this weeks theme.

  4. Lesley said,

    July 31, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I really like the effect you’ve used, but I am not a spider fan. That said, I do like the location of this – it looks to me as if it is ready to devour any who wander past on their way into the National Gallery.

  5. July 31, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    interesting shots~

  6. July 31, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Oh goody – an arachnid!

  7. July 31, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I just love this image! What a very courageous city, to install a giant spider as public art. And your rendition of it is beautiful. You are quite an artist in your own right.

  8. azahar said,

    July 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    There’s a version of this outside the Guggenheim in Bilbao too. Creepy but fascinating.

  9. Criz Lai said,

    July 31, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Hmm… the glow looked kind of mystical.

  10. magiceye said,

    July 31, 2010 at 10:07 am

    good work!

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