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.
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