La Machine: Giant Spider in Liverpool

Have you seen this?!


“As part of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year, the French group La Machine were commissioned to create a large piece of street theatre, on the scale of their earlier work, the Sultan’s Elephant. Many were expecting to see something using the iconic Liverbirds, the symbol of the city but instead we got a spider. The total cost of the event was £1.8 million and caused some complaints about how the funds could better be used. It also attracted protests from arachnophobe groups about how it would terrify some people. Despite these complaints the event drew in over 200,000 people in the few days it was on and produced something wondrous that got everyone in the region talking.” – Peter Carr

Here are some of Peter’s amazing photos:


The 50-foot spider was names La Princesse and is carefully operated by 13 different people. “Its an incredibly complex operation, with 50 hydraulic axes of movement, but looks so natural and easy to the outside observer.” -Peter


See More: Peter Carr Photography | The Boston Article with more info | La Machine Website


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