Spider

February 26, 2017

Location:  Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, MO

 

Owner:  Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

 

Artist:  Louise Bourgeois

 

Dates:  1996

 

Medium:  Bronze

 

Description:

According to the artist, the spider is a feminist hero figure.  Bourgeois created spider sculptures in honor of her mother who was, like a spider, deliberate, soothing, and patient.

 

With the sculpture being over eleven feet tall, the spider's body floats overhead between the legs.  When you examine the legs, you find many bumps and ridges along the smooth bronze that give them a natural look.  No two legs are alike.  The sculpture is positioned to look like the giant spider is walking towards the museum to attend to her baby, which was a separate sculpture that used to be attached to the facade of the building near the entrance.  Perhaps, now, the mother is walking toward the building to find her baby.

 

This is one of Kansas City's more iconic and striking sculptures due to its size, over eleven feet tall and eleven feet wide, and its subject matter.  It is closely associated with the Kemper Museum, where it stands near the entrance to the museum, and it can be found on advertisements and banners for the museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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