Arachnomania in Bilbao

Maman – the famous giant spider of Guggenheim Museum, was my favorite subject while I was in Bilbao. I was immediately amused and intrigued by her. This creation by French artist Louise Bourgeois was inspired by emotions from her childhood, particularly by her mother who she had deemed as her protector.

Bourgeois has once explained:

“The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.”

This is how I’ve captured Maman at different times of the day, from sunrise to nightfall.






Louise Bourgeois' Maman - the spider of Guggenheim, is made of bronze, stainless steel and marble, and measures over 30-feet high. The word Maman is French for mother.

*These images are available for licensing. Contact me if interested. DO NOT USE without permission.

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11 responses

  1. The third one reminds me of some Sci-fi movie where humans and giant spiders are best of friends -lol. They’re all great though!

  2. Excellent series Yen. One of these day’s I’ll have to travel to Bilboa. The Guggenheim Museum is an amazing structure. Also a couple of years back, while doing research on my family name, I found a news article from the 1800’s that cites a town, which is now part of Bilboa, with my family name. With Bilboa being a major sea port back in those days, it makes sense how our family name could have made it to Argentina and Philippines. Hope you have more photos of the area. It seems like a beautiful place.

    • That’s interesting Rex, maybe you have some distant relatives from Bilbao. I recommend you visit this place, it’s awesome! At least just to get out of the cold of Canada. Weather was in the 60’s when I was there, and sun and blue skies all over!

  3. Pingback: Bilbao - The Guggenheim Museum and La Salve Bridge | The Craft of Architecture

  4. These great pictures are a good example for the different results of photographing the same object in the variety of time, light and perspective! Each picture is fantastic!

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